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

July 2007

2007 - Astronomic Configuration - July1st, 2007: "Sun [9 Cancer], Moon [17 Capricorn], Mercury [5 Cancer R], Venus [22 Leo], Mars [4 Taurus], Jupiter [11 Sagittarius R.], Saturn [22 Leo], Uranus [18 Pisces R], Neptune [21 Aquarius R], Pluto [27 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [14 Aquarius R]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200707.html]

2007 - Status / U.S. Digital TV's - July, 2007: "All but the smallest new televisions will have to be able to tune in over-the-air digital TV signals by July 2007 under a government rule upheld by a federal appeals court Tuesday [10/28/03]." [A.P.]

*Trivia: [....] Once TV stations switch to digital transmission, they will return to the government a big chunk of the radio spectrum they currently use to transmit their analog channels. [NP] Some of that spectrum will go to first responders - police, fire and public safety officials - so they can better communicate with one another. Breakdowns in emergency communication slowed the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. New spectrum should help. [NP] The rest of the spectrum will be auctioned off to the highest bidders - probably tech companies. The sale of this valuable, scarce real estate is expected to bring in about $10 billion, maybe more. That will help reduce the federal budget deficit. [NP] Better yet, when the spectrum is sold off, the companies that buy it will use it to develop new technology and services. Cheap, ubiquitous wireless broadband access is one possibility. Mobile TV or music services are others. [NP] Scheduled for 2008, the auction will be the biggest spectrum sale since a 1994-95 spectrum auction. That sale helped boost the mobile phone industry, boosting the number of cell phone subscribers in the U.S. from 24 million to 200 million. It also helped drive down the cost of wireless minutes from an average of 47 cents a minute to 9 cents a minute, according to analysis from financial services firm Stifel Nicolaus. [....] Indeed, Microsoft (Research), Intel (Research), Dell (Research) and Cisco (Research) all joined a Washington lobbying effort called the High Tech DTV Coalition to push for digital television. Congress has been debating the issue for a decade, ever since the 1996 telecom bill gave digital spectrum to broadcasters, with the expectation that they would eventually give their analog spectrum back. [NP] The difficulty, of course, is that the analog broadcast system will then be shut down - which will leave most of today's TV sets unable to receive a signal over the air. [....]   [Based on: http://www.surfingtheapocalypse.net/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=119428]

2007 - Student Protests / Venezuela - July 1st, 2007: "[....] Spurred by Chavez's decision not to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television, the country's most popular television station and harsh critic of his government, thousands of university students have held marches and assemblies defending free speech and other principles ... [....] Chavez and other officials say Venezuela remains a vibrant democracy and that they forced RCTV off the public airwaves only because the station backed a failed 2002 coup and violated the nation's broadcast laws. RCTV executives deny any wrongdoing. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Venezuela students protest in capital), p A12, S.L.P.D., 07/01/07]

2007 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - July 1st, 2007: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 July 2007 at 06:48:33 PM GMT is: $8,796,514,482,709.11. The estimated population of the United States is 302,310,686 so each citizen's share of this debt is $29,097.60. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.28 billion per day since September 29, 2006! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

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

2007 - Medical Marijuana / New Mexico - July 1st, 2007: "New Mexico has a new medical marijuana law with a twist: It requires the state to grow its own. [NP] The law, effective Sunday [07/01/07], not only protects medical marijuana users from prosecution - as 11 other states do - but requires New Mexico to oversee a production and distribution system for the drug. [NP] The goal is to give patients a safe supply of the drug, advocates say. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Law gives approval to medical marijuana), p A5, S.L.P.D., 07/01/07]

2007 - Terror Attack / Glasgow, Scotland - July 1st, 2007: "Burning SUV hits airport in Scotland [Glasgow - 06/30/07] / Some fear more attacks using similar low-tech, homemade bombs. [Britain's threat level was set at 'critical,' meaning that a further attack was considered imminent.']" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A1 & A6, S.L.P.D., 07/01/07]

2007 - More Civilian Deaths? / Grishk, Afghanistan - July 1st, 2007: "Afghans again [06/30/07] claim U.S. killed civilians [at least 30 - Grishk district - June 29th-30th, 2007]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 07/01/07]

2007 - Charged for 3 Iraqi Deaths / Two U.S. Soldiers - July 1st, 2007: "2 U.S. soldiers are charged in 3 killings ['The crimes allegedly took place between April and June around Iskandariya'] / They are also accused of planting weapons on the bodies of the Iraqis in a coverup." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 07/01/07]

2007 - Exacting Toll on Iraq's Youngsters / Violence in Iraq - July 1st, 2007: "[....] Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, 4 million Iraqis, half of them children, have fled their homes, the United Nations Children's Fund reports. Many are being killed inside their sanctuaries - at playgrounds, on soccer fields and in schools. Criminals are routinely kidnapping children for ransom, and tens of thousands have been orphaned. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Violence exacts cruel toll on Iraq's youngsters, now and for the future), p A11, S.L.P.D. (Sunday paper), 07/01/07]

2007 - Flooding / Kansas & Missouri - July 2nd, 2007: "Victims of flooding struggle to salvage belongings / water in Kansas and southwest Missouri rises." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/02/07]

*Trivia: "[....] A pumping malfunction over the weekend allowed 42,000 gallons of crude oil to escape from the Coffeyville Resources refinery into the swollen Verdigris River in south-central Kansas. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Oil spill worsens flooding), p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/03/07]

2007 - Helps Fight Colds / Echinacea - July 2nd, 2007: "After a study nearly two years ago said echinacea didn't help fight colds [See: 07/28/05], a new study says that it does. [....] Studies almost two years ago said it was ineffective. [NP] But this new analysis of 1,600 patients gathered from 14 studies found that echinacea reduced the chances of catching a cold by 58 percent and shaved 1.4 days off the duration of a cold, researchers said. [....] Researchers said previous studies that discredited the herb as having no effect were too small. The new review was larger, researchers said. [NP] Researchers did find that echinacea had less effect on colds caused by the rhinovirus, the most common cause of colds, than on other cold viruses, researchers said. [NP] The findings are in a recent edition of the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases." [Based on: Health Notes article (Echinacea helps fight colds, new study says), p H2, S.L.P.D., 07/02/07]

2007 - Release of Palestinian Funds / Israel - July 2nd, 2007: "Israel releases funds [$119 million]; Palestinians will get paid ['for the first time in more than a year']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 07/02/07]

2007 - Viking Warship / Denmark to Ireland - July 2nd, 2007: "The Sea Stallion from Glendalough sails Sunday [07/01/07] from the fjord in Roskilde, Denmark, for a seven-week voyage across the North Sea to its home port of Dublin, Ireland. The 11th-century Viking longship, powered only by sails and oars, has been reconstructed to its original condition. It is the largest Viking warship ever rebuilt." [Based on: A.P. Picture Article (VIKING SHIP SETS SAIL), p A8, S.L.P.D., 07/02/07]

2007 - Concert for Diana / Wembley Stadium, London, England - July 2nd, 2007: "Diana's sons lead 70,000 at concert [07/01/07] celebrating her life [what would have been her 46th birthday]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 07/02/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 3rd, 2007: "Faster-than-expected growth in manufacturing ignited the stock market on July's first trading day Monday [07/02/07] as prospects for third-quarter earnings improved. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rocket up as manufacturing shows growth), p C3, S.L.P.D., 07/03/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Yemen - July 3rd, 2007: "Suicide bomber kills 9 ['seven Spaniards and two Yeminis'] outside temple in Yemen [07/02/07] / The attack comes less than  two weeks after the U.S. warned Americans to avoid the area, a hotbed of support for al-Qaida." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 07/03/07]

2007 - No Prison / I. Lewis Libby - July 3rd, 2007: "Bush wipes away Libby's prison term [07/02/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 07/03/07]

2007 - Sign of Alzheimer's? / Bad Sense of Smell - July 3rd, 2007: "Difficulty identifying common smells such as lemon, banana and cinnamon may be the first sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study [appearing in Archives of General Psychiatry - 07/02/07] that could lead to scratch-and-sniff tests to determine a person's risk for the progressive brain disorder." [Based on: A.P. article (Study links sense of smell to Alzheimer's) by Carla K. Johnson, p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/03/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge - July 3rd, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:26:01 (UTC) on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 0.742°N, 30.244°W; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] has been located @ CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007eiai.php] - [T.D. - 07/03/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - July 4th, 2007: "Earth is entering a solar wind stream that could trigger a mild geomagnetic storm. High-latitude auroras will be difficult to see, however, because of interference from the summer sun. " [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=07&day=04&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 4th, 2007: "Stocks gained for a second day Tuesday [07/03/07] after factory orders fell less than forecast and $8.5 billion of takeovers spurred speculation that mergers and acquisitions will extend the rally. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Wendy's, Apple, factory orders help power advance), p C5, S.L.P.D., 07/04/07]

2007 - British Reporter Released / Gaza Strip - July 4th, 2007: "Kidnappers [Gaza Strip] free reporter for BBC [Alan Johnston] / He had been held for nearly four months [was kidnapped 03/12/07]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 07/04/07]

2007 - Will Sell Gasoline to Iran / Venezuela - July 4th, 2007: "Venezuela will sell gasoline to Iran [agreed - 07/03/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 07/04/07]

2007 - Nuclear Stockpiles / United States & Russia - July 4th, 2007: "The United States and Russia pledged Tuesday [07/03/07] to reduce their stockpiles of long-range nuclear weapons 'to the lowest possible' level, although they have not yet agreed on specific numbers. [....] As an outgrowth of the latest round of talks between President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two countries also said they were fully committed to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons technology. [....] In an exchange of data in January, the Russians claimed to have 4,162 strategic warheads, and the United States claimed 5,866 in the U.S. arsenal. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S., Russia agree to trim nuclear weapons stockpiles), p A7, S.L.P.D., 07/04/07]

2007 - Road Bomb / Afghanistan - July 5th, 2007: "Bomb kills six Canadian soldiers and interpreter [07/04/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 07/05/07]

2007 - War Tax Resistance / U.S.A. - July 5th, 2007: "War tax resistance is becoming a movement" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/05/07]

2007 - More Legal Immigrants / U.S.A. - July 5th, 2007: "[....] The numbers of new naturalized citizens [U.S.A.] have steadily grown, to 702,589 last year from 463,204 in 2003. A big jump occured this year, with the number of applications increasing every month, to 115,175 in May compared with 65,782 last December. [....] Starting July 30, becoming a naturalized citizen will coast $675, up 69 percent from $400. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (More legal immigrants are seeking citizenship), p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/05/07]

2007 - "Burnt Stones" / Herefordshire, England - July 5th, 2007: "[....] The archaeologist who announced the discovery of the 65-yard-long 'Rotherwas Ribbon' in western England said so-called 'burnt stones' that covered the 4,000-year-old mound could shed more light on early civilization. [....] The mound was unearthed in Herefordshire during highway construction this year." [Based on: Title for News Services article ('Burnt stones' site intrigues archaeologists), p A10, S.L.P.D., 07/05/07]

2007 - Linked to American Revolution / War in Iraq? - July 5th, 2007: "Bush links Iraq to American Revolution [07/04/07] / President says American soldiers are fighting a new war to protect U.S." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article by Jim Gerstenzang, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/05/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 6th, 2007: "Most stocks fell Thursday [07/05/07] for the first time this week, led by financial shares, after a rise in Treasury yields spurred concern bonds will become a more attractive investment than equities." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow stumbles as bond yields rise and bank shares slip), p B9, S.L.P.D., 07/06/07]

2007 - Shaky Stability / Kosovo - July 6th, 2007: "Kosovo stability is shaky, warns head of U.N." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 07/06/07]

2007 - Israeli Troops / Gaza Strip - July 6th, 2007: "Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza, killing 11 [07/05/07]" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 07/06/07]

2007 - Heat Wave / Western United States - July 6th, 2007: "Heat wave [07/05/07 - western United States] has West sizzling, with no end in sight / Triple-digit temperatures flirt with records as farmers fret." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/06/07]

2007 - Live Earth Concert - July 7th, 2007: "A man holds up a blown-up plastic globe during the Live Earth concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday [07/07/07], which was part of the 24-hour global concert series to raise awareness about climate change." [Based on: A.P. picture caption by Ariel Schalit, p A6, S.L.P.D. (The only apparent mention of this global historic event in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, section "A", Sunday paper. There was no apparent mention in section "A", Monday paper. - D.R.D.), 07/08/07]

*Trivia: "Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. [....] Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, the Worldwide Executive Producer of Live 8, an event that brought together one of the largest audiences in history to combat poverty. Wall formed a partnership with Al Gore and the Alliance for Climate Protection to ensure that Live Earth inspires behavioral changes long after 7/7/07. [....]"

" [Based on: http://liveearth.org/event.php] - [T.D. 07/08/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 7th, 2007: "Stocks climbed Friday, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index posted its biggest weekly advance since April, helped by takeovers  and improved earnings prospects for energy companies." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rise as takeovers, energy prospects lift hopes), p A35, S.L.P.D., 07/07/07]

2007 - Trans Fats / Burger King - July 7th, 2007: "Burger King said Friday that it will use trans-fat-free cooking oil at all of its U.S. restaurants by the end of next year. [....]" [Based on: Article (No trans fats in 2008), p A32, S.L.P.D., 07/07/07]

2007 - Trivia / Land Mine Fatalities - July 7th, 2007: "Five children who stopped to play with a land mine on the way to Friday prayers [Mogadishu, Somalia] died when one of them threw the device against a wall. [....] Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan are among the world's most mine-affected countries, according to the United Nations. Mines kill or wound more than 20,000 people each year. Children are particularly susceptible to the mines, which come in an array of shapes and colors and are often mistaken for toys." [Based on: News Services article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 07/07/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Chiapas, Mexico - July 3rd, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:09:22 (UTC) on Friday, July 3rd, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 16.599°N, 93.535°W; Depth: 143.1 km (88.9 miles) @ CHIAPAS, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007elac.php] - [T.D. - 07/07/07]

2007 - Potential AIDS Vaccine - July 8th, 2007: "Potential AIDS vaccine [by DNAVEC Corp., based in Tsukuba, Japan] works in monkeys [DNAVEC plans to improve the product to start clinical tests on humans in about three years.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 07/08/07]

2007 - Won't Yield Data / White House - July 8th, 2007: "White House won't yield data on attorney firings" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 07/08/07]

2007 - Suicide Truck Bombing / Armili, Iraq - July 8th, 2007: "Suicide truck bombing [07/07/07] kills more than 100 in Shiite village / Sensational attacks may test U.S. resolve, general warns." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 07/08/07]

2007 - Wider Use Authorized / Old Latin Mass - July 8th, 2007: "Pope officially eases rule on Latin Mass [07/07/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 07/08/07]

2007 - Subpoenaed / Sara Taylor - July 9th, 2007: "Leahy expects ex-Bush aide [Sara Taylor] to testify on prosecutors ['a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/09/07]

2007 - Envoys to Israel / Arab League - July 9th, 2007: "Historic trip - Arab League is sending envoys to Israel [this week] / Their mission will be to discuss a peace plan first floated by Saudi Arabia in 2002." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 07/09/07]

2007 - Debut / Boeing 787 Dreamliner - July 9th, 2007: "Boeing's Dreamliner [Boeing 787 Dreamliner] gets showbiz debut [07/08/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/09/07]

2007 - Dozens of Fires / Western United States - July 9th, 2007: "Dozens of fires blazing across West" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/09/07]

2007 - Threatens War Against Iran / Islamic State in Iraq - July 9th, 2007: "Al-Qaida-linked group ['Islamic State in Iraq'] threatens war against Iran ['unless it stops supporting Shiites in Iraq within two months, according to an audiotape released Sunday.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 07/09/07]

2007 - Sunspot 963 - July 10th, 2007: "Sunspot 963 is growing in size and complexity, and it now poses a threat for M-class solar flares. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=07&day=10&year=2007&view=view

*Trivia: "Last night [07/10/07] a solar wind stream hit Earth sparking a mild geomagnetic storm and auroras as far south as Montana [....]. Earth is still inside the stream, but the storm has subsided and more auroras are unlikely tonight."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=07&day=11&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Snowfall / Argentina - July 10th, 2007: "Thousands of Argentines cheered and threw snowballks in Buenos Aires on Monday [07/09/07] as the capital's first major snowfall in decades spread a thin white mantle across the region. [NP] The city's last major snow was on June 22, 1918." [Based on: News Services article (City has first major snowfall in decades), p A5, S.L.P.D., 07/10/07]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14370

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 10th, 2007: "The stock market extended July's advance Monday [07/09/07] on $25 billion of share buybacks and speculation that second-quarter earnings will surpass analyst's estimates. [....]." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks extend July rally on buybacks and earnings hopes), p C3, S.L.P.D., 07/10/07]

2007 - Progress Report Trivia / Iraqi Government - July 10th, 2007: "Report on Iraq could hasten change in war strategy / Its finding is that Iraqi government has failed to meet benchmarks, U.S. official says [07/09/07]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/10/07]

2007 - Canadian Sovereignty / Northwest Passage - July 10th, 2007: "[....] Prime Minister Stephen Harper said six to eight patrol ships will guard what he says are Canadian waters. A deep water port will also be built. [....] The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the region has as much as 25 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Canada moves to assert its sovereignty over the Northwest Passage), p A5, S.L.P.D., 07/10/07]

2007 - Court Martial Trial / Cpl. Trent D. Thomas - July 10th, 2007: "First court-martial starts in death of Iraqi civilian" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/10/07]

2007 - US has spent over $600 billion on wars since 9/11 - July 10th, 2007:

The US has spent $610 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and on protecting its bases worldwide since the Sep 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a report released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said.

The Bush administration spends on an average $12 billion a month on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the report by the CRS, an independent research agency that provides research and analysis to lawmakers.

Ten of the 12 billion dollars was spent for Iraq and nearly two billion for Afghanistan, plus other minor costs. So far Iraq has accounted for $450 billion, and in fiscal year 2007 alone, about $165.8 billion have been spent on Iraq, a rise of 40 percent from last year.

If the administration's war funding requests for fiscal 2008 were granted in full, the total war spending would rise to $758 billion, with $567 billion spent on Iraq, according to the report.

The report forecast a total spending of $1.4 trillion on the war on terrorism by 2017.

[Based on: indianews.com article (US has spent over $600 billion on wars since 9/11) by By Xinhua. Washington, United States, 10:30 AM IST   @ http://www.indiaenews.com/america/20070710/59955.htm]

2007 - Convictions / 2005 Failed Bombing Attempt, London - July 10th, 2007: "4 found guilty [07/09/07] in London transit bombing attempt [07/21/05]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 07/10/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 11th, 2007: "Builders, banks and retailers sent the stock market tumbling for the first time in six days on Tuesday [07/10/07] on increasing evidence the housing slump is depressing earnings.[....]." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Market tumbles on worries that slump in housing persists), p C5, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Green Zone Attack / Iraq - July 11th, 2007: "Green Zone attack ['more than a dozen mortars or rockets] causes U.S. casualties [killing at least 3 people and wounding 18 - 07/10/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Afghanistan - July 11th, 2007: "Suicide bomber kills at least 17 at bazaar [and injuring 51 others in central Afghanistan - 07/10/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Record Trade Surplus / China - July 11th, 2007: "A truck drives past rows of containers at the new Yangshan deep-water port off the coast of Shanghai, China. China's trade surplus soared 87 percent to a record $26.9 billion last month. More than half of the surplus was with the U.S." [Based on: A.P. picture article by Greg Baker, p C2, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Military Contract / Belleville Shoe - July 11th, 2007: "Belleville Shoe has won a $25.1 million contract to make hot-weather combat boots for the military, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. The work will be performed at the company's factories in Belleville [Il.] and in Arkansas. [NP] It was the largest of four boot-making contracts awarded Tuesday that total $67.1 million. Privately held Belleville Shoe says it is the country's biggest manufacturer of military boots, and it has seen business grow in recent years." [Based on: Article (Hot-Weather military boots worth $25 million), p C2, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Trek to Washington / Cindy Sheehan - July 11th, 2007: "Cindy Sheehan and other anti-war activists leave their 'peace camp' near President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, on Tuesday to begin a nearly two-week trek toward Washington. Sheehan has said she will run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if the California Democrat does not offer impeachment articles against Bush." [Based on: A.P. picture article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Red Mosque Raid Continues / Pakistan - July 11th, 2007: "Pakistani hospital volunteers on Tuesday transport a student injured in the raid on the Red Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. Among the hundreds of people estimated to be in the mosque when the raid began, 83 made it out alive." [Based on: AFP / Getty Images picture caption for Washington Post article (Red Mosque raid continues), p A6, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

*Trivia: "Mosque siege ends with 106 killed / Most of the dead were militants, Pakistan says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Catholicism / Only True Christian Church? - July 11th, 2007: "Pope Benedict XVI approved a document released Tuesday [07/10/07] that says other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and that only Roman Catholicism provides the true path to salvation. [....] The action was the second time in a week that Benedict has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church. On Saturday, Benedict revived the old Latin Mass - a move cheerd by Catholic traditionalists but criticized by more liberal ones as a step backward from Vatican II. [....] The new document restates key sections of a 2000 text the pope wrote when he was prefect of the congregation, 'Dominus Iesus.' That statement riled Protestant and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities and therefore did not have the 'means of salvation.' [NP] The commentary repeated church teaching that says the Catholic Church 'has the fullness of the means of salvation.' 'Christ "established here on earth" only one church,' said the document. [NP] The other communities 'cannot be called "churches" in the proper sense' because they do not have apostolic succession - the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ's original apostles - and therefore their priestly ordinations are not valid, it said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pope: Catholicism only true Christian church) by Nicole Winfield, p A7, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07] - [My brackets, "NP" = New Paragraph - D.R.D.]

2007 - Warns of Terrorist Attack / Michael Chertoff - July 11th, 2007: "Chertoff warns [07/10/07] of summer terrorist attack / Homeland Security chief cites pattern of violence, public statements." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Chicago Tribune article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - River Pollution Study / Penobscot River, Maine - July 11th, 2007: "[....] The two sides have engaged in a legal dispute since 2000 over Mallinckrodt's  liability for mercury found downstream from the now-defunct HoltraChem chlorine and chemical manufacturing facility, which Mallinckrodt owned and operated from 1967 to 1982. [NP] The St. Louis-based company, which is part of Coividien Ltd., formerly Tyco International Ltd.'s health care division, has been involved in a cleanup of the plant site but has fought a July 2002 court order that Mallinckrodt pay for a comprehensive study of downstream mercury contamination. [NP] Mallinckrodt already has allocated more than $2.5 million to the ongoing river study, estimated to cost about $4 million. The appeals court upheld the river study in December." [Based on: A.P. article (Mallinckrodt takes maine case to Supreme Court / The company challenges a lower-court ruling that it must pay for a river pollution study.), p C2, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - No Decision Until Fall / U.S. Troop Levels, Iraq - July 11th, 2007: "Bush on Iraq: No decision on troop levels until fall / he'll await his top commander's progress report after buildup." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Military Contract / World Wide Technology Inc. - July 11th, 2007: "World Wide Technology Inc. of Maryland Heights [Mo.] won a $9.5 million contract Monday from the Army for various equipment and services supporting the Teleport Generation 2 Phase Two project. [NP] World Wide's work on the project will be performed locally through November. With revenue of $2.1 billion last year, it is one of the region's largest private companies." [Based on: Article (Army deal is $9.5 million), p C2, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory / South Dakota - July 11th, 2007: "The National Science Foundation on Tuesday [07/10/07] chose South Dakota's closed Homestake Gold Mine as the site for a new underground physics lab to study the history and makeup of the universe. [NP] South Dakota won the project, called the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory, over three other states - Colorado, Minnesota and Washington. [NP] The lab would conduct research in physics, astrophysics, earth science and geomicrobiology, studying particles from the sun, the formation of minerals and hydrology inside the Earth and microbial life deep underground." [Based on: News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/11/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 12th, 2007: "Stocks rose Wednesday [07/11/07] after takeover speulation swept through the metals industry and Federal Reserve officials said the economy will weather the house loan crisis. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Speculation rules markets as shares slowly rebound), p C3, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Al-Qaida is Rebulding? - July 12th, 2007: "Al-Qaida is rebuilding, report ['a new Bush administration intelligence report'] says / Administration officials are to discuss [today] how the group is growing in Pakistan." [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Trivia / Angry Al-Qaida? - July 12th, 2007: "U.S. military expects ['U.S. military officials said Wednesday'] al-Qaida to lash out ['lash out and stage spectacular attacks' ... in response to an ongoing U.S. offensive north of Baghdad.']" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Testimony / Sara Taylor - July 12th, 2007: "Ex-aide [Sara Taylor] plays down Bush role in firings / Says [07/11/07] she never talked with him about prosecutor removals" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Military Contract / Olin Corp. - July 12th, 2007: "Clayton-based Olin Corp. said Wednesday that the Army had renewed an ammunition supply contract worth $27.6 million. Olin provides the Army with .50-caliber Sabot light-armor penetrating ammunition. The renewed contract is scheduled to begin early next year. [NP] Olin also makes chlor-alkali products, including industrial bleach, and copper products." [Based on: Article (Ammunition deal is set), p C2, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Northern Peru - July 12th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:23:49 (UTC) on Thursday, July 12th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 7.929°S, 74.345°W; Depth: 152.2 km (94.6 miles) set by location program @ NORTHERN PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007esag.php] - [T.D. - 07/16/07]

2007 - Prisoner Abuse Trivia / Abu Ghraib - July 12th, 2007: "Abu Ghraib officer [Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan] loses bid [07/10/07] to dismiss charges [prisoner abuse in Iraq - 2003]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Banned for use in Toothpaste / Diethylene Glycol, China - July 12th, 2007: "China bans [07/11/07] use of toxic substance ['diethylene glycol - a thickening agent in antifreeze'] in toothpaste" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 07/12/07]

2007 - Sunspot 964 - July 13th, 2007: "A new sunspot is breaching the sun's surface today. In Campinas, Brazil, Rogerio Marcon used his Coronado SolarMax40 to capture the emergence: [....] A panoramic view shows the new sunspot, numbered 964, in relation to old behemoth 963. So far sunspot 964 poses no threat for solar flares, but this could change if the sunspot's rapid growth continues. Stay tuned for updates."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=07&day=13&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 13th, 2007: "Stocks rallied Thursday [07/12/07] as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s better-than-forecast sales and a surge in exports swept the Dow Jones industrial average to its biggest gain since 2003. [....] The S&P 500 added 28.94, or 1.9 percent, to 1,547.70. The Dow advanced 283.86, or 2.1 percent, to 13,861.73. [....]." [Based on: News Services article (Dow, S&P 500 hits record on exports, buyouts), pp. B1 & B9, S.L.P.D., 07/13/07]

2007 - Interim Report / War in Iraq - July 13th, 2007: "[....] The Iraqi government is achieving only spotty military and political sucess, President George W. Bush's administration conceded Thursday [07/12/07] in an assessment that war critics quickly seized on as confirmation of their dire warnings. Within hours, the House voted to withdraw U.S. troops by spring. [NP] The House measure passed 223-201 in the Democratic-controlled chamber despite a veto threat from Bush, who has ruled out any change in war policy before September. [....] The 25-page administration report was issued in the fifth year of a war that has claimed the lives of more thatn 3,600 U.S. troops and is costing U.S. taxpayers an estimated $10 billion a month. [NP] Bush announced last winter he was ordering thousands of additional troops to the war zone, but the full complement has only arrived in recent weeks. [NP] The report warned of 'tough fighting' this summer as U.S. and Iraqi forces 'seek to seize the initiative from early gains and shape conditions of longer-term stabilization.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Little gain, much failure seen in Iraq / Report fuels revolt by Congress; House votes to bring troops home by spring / "It's sad to say, President Bush is out of touch ... with the reality of the war in Iraq." - Senator Dick Durbin / And Bush adds to the fire "I don't think Congress ought to be running the war.") by David Espo, pp. A1 & A8, S.L.P.D., 07/13/07]

2007 - Surgeon General Nominee / U..S.A. - July 13th, 2007: "[....] Holsinger's hearing [Dr. James Holsinger] came just two days after the last person to serve in the post told Congress that the Bush administration had manipulated the surgeon general's office for political purposes. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article (Surgeon general nominee promises to promote science / He also says he has changed his views on homosexuality.), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/13/07]

2007 - Typhoon Man-Yi / Okinawa, Japan - July 13th, 2007: "Typhoon Man-Yi was pummeling the Japanese island of Okinawa with winds between 230 and 295 kilometers per hour (125-160 knots, 144-184 miles per hour) and heavy rain on the morning of July 13, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image. The immense storm covered hundreds of kilometers with spiraling bands of thunderstorms, though it had lost the distinctive cloud-free eye it exhibited the day before. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14377]

2007 - Trivia / Religious Freedom, U.S.A. - July 13th, 2007: "A Hindu clergyman made history Thursday [07/12/07] by offering the Senate's morning prayer, but only after police officers removed three shouting protestors from the visitor's gallery. [NP] Rajah Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, Nev., gave the brief prayer that opens each day's Senate session. As he stood at the chamber's podium in a bright orange and burgundy robe, two women and a man began shouting 'this is an abomination' and other complaints from the gallery. [NP] Police officers quickly arrested them and charged them [typo? missing word?] disrupting Congress, a misdemeanor. The male protestor told an AP reporter 'We are Christians and patriots.' " [Based on: News Services article (3 protesting Senate prayer by Hindu are arrested), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/13/07]

2007 - Increased Al-Qaida Threat? / U.S.A. - July 13th, 2007: "Al-Qaida is stepping up its efforts to sneak terrorist operatives into the United States and has acquired most of the capabilities it needs to strike here, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment [The draft National Intelligence Estimate]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Draft report warns of increased al-Qaida threat), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/13/07]

2007 - Contempt of Congress? / Harriet Miers - July 13th, 2007: "A House Judiciary panel took the first step Thursday [07/12/07] toward bringing a criminal contempt charge against former White House Counsel Harriet Miers after she refused to appear at a hearing on the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. [NP] Over Republican objections, the subcommittee on administrative law voted 7-5 to reject President George W. Bush's executive privilege claim as 'out of order.' The vote technically begins the process of holding Miers in contempt of Congress." [Based on: News Services article (House panel starts Miers' contempt process), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/13/07]

2007 - Backdating Scheme? / Engineered Support Systems Inc. - July 13th, 2007: "SEC sues Shanahans over stock options / Regulators say Shanahan Sr. [Michael F. Shanahan Sr.] ... and his son 'directed' a backdating scheme that led to $20 million in unauthorized pay for Engineered Support Systems employees, executives and directors." [Based on: S.L.P.D. Article title & Subtitle, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/13/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - July 14th, 2007: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetosphere and causing mild geomagnetic storms. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=07&day=14&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 14th, 2007: "General Electric Co's $14 billion share buyback plan and speculation Warren Buffett may invest in the house-building industry catapulted stock indexes to records, capping the market's third straight week of gains. [....] The S&P 500 added 4.80 to 1,552.50. The Dow gained 45.52 to 13,907.25. The Nasdaq composite index climbed 5.27 to 2,707. For the week, the Dow advanced 2.2 percent, the S&P 500 rose 1.4 percent and the Nasdaq rose 1.5 percent. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (GE buyback, Buffett housing rumor boost stocks to records), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Convicted / Conrad Black - July 14th, 2007: "Ex-media tycoon Conrad Black found guilty [07/13/07] of mail fraud [sentencing set for Nov. 30]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A32, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Settlement / Edward Jones - July 14th, 2007: "Investment firm Edward Jones has agreed to pay $75 million in civil penalties to settle charges in connection with its college savings plan and preferreed mutual fund families. [....] Reuters News Service reported late Friday afternoon [07/13/07] ... that Des Peres-based Edward Jones did not adequately disclose financial incentives to sell the funds. The SEC also said the firm did not make adequate disclosures for its Section 529 college savings plan. [NP] Edwards [< typo?] Jones settled without admitting or denying the charges. A spokesman could not be reached for comment. [....]" [Based on: News & Post-Dispatch Reports article (Settlement is reached), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Retail Sales Decline / U.S.A. - July 14th, 2007: "[....] The 0.9 percent drop was the biggest decline since August 2005, the Commerce Department reported Friday [07/13/07]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Retail sales hit the skids in June, falling most in 2 years), p. A31, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Helmet Cameras / British Cops - July 14th, 2007: "Britain is taking its surveillance to another level, strapping video cameras to the helmets of its bobbies - a move the government says will reduce paperwork and help prosecute criminals. [NP] By providing actual footage of victims, suspects and witnesses, judges and jurors will 'see and hear the incident through the eyes and ears of the officer at the scene,' said Tony McNutty, minister of state for security. [....] The country is watched over by a network of some 4 million closed-circuit cameras. Privacy advocates say the average Briton is recorded as many as 300 times a day. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (British cops get helmet cameras), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Recall Response Trivia / U.S.A. - July 14th, 2007: "[....] The sheer number of products exported by China, which often are cheaper than U.S.-made goods, and a cultural divide on safety requirements makes the situation difficult. For every $1 in goods the U.S. sells China, China sells the United States more than $5 in products. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Companies and regulators step up response to recalls) by Dan Caterinicchia, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - 2nd-Quarter Profit / General Electric Co. - July 14th, 2007: "General Electric Co., the industrial finance and media conglomerate, reported Friday [07/13/07] that its second-quarter profit rose 9.6 percent and said it was getting out of the U.S. mortgage business. [NP] The parent of the NBC TV network earned $5.42 billion or 53 cents a share, in the three month period that ended June 30, up from $4.95 billion, or 48 cents a share, a year ago. The rise was led by its oil and gas, aviation, energy and commercial finance business. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (GE reports 9.6 percent increase in quarterly profit), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - More Cuts? / Future Combat Systems - July 14th, 2007: "[....] That was a victory of sorts for the Army, Chicago-based Boeing and its San Diego-based co-manager, Science Applications International Corp. The cut is less than half the reduction approved by the House in May when it passed separate legislation authorizing military programs. [NP] The Future Combat Systems, at $161 billion, is the U.S. military's second-largest program. Since its inception in 2003, lawmakers have challenged its scope, technologies and relevance to the war on terrorism. The program's requested funding has been cut an average of 10 percent in each of the past two years. Thursday's cut was about 11 percent and was in the appropriations bill, which ultimately sets spending. [NP] The measure ... still must be approved by the full committee when it meets July 23 and then by the full House. It then will be reconciled with companion legislation in the Senate to be taken up this year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (House panel cuts Boeing's Future Combat Systems by $409 million), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Military Contract / Armor Holdings Inc. - July 14th, 2007: "Armor Holdings Inc., the military-truck maker being acquired by BAE Systems PLC, won a $518.5 million contract to build blast-resistant vehicles as the Pentagon speeds their delivery to protect forces in Iraq. [NP] The company will make 1,170 of the trucks under the award made by the Marine Corps, the Defense Department said. Work on the vehicles will be completed by February." [Based on: News & Post-Dispatch Reports article (Blast-resistant trucks will soon be headed for Iraq), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Plans Major Tree Planting Program / India - July 14th, 2007: "India, one of the world's biggest polluters, will plant trees on 15 million acres of deforested land, the prime minister said Friday [07/13/07]. [....] In comments at the first meeting of India's Council on Climate Change, he said the program would formally launch on Aug. 15 - India's 60th Independence Day. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (India plans major tree planting), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Concedes to U.N. Nuclear Inquiries / Iran - July 14th, 2007: "In major concessions to international demands, Iran has agreed to answer lingering questions about its nuclear experiments and will let U.N. inspectors return to a plutonium-producing reactor it is building. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday. [NP] Iran, which says it only wants peaceful nuclear energy, promised the concessions in a meeting this week between Iranian officials and a senior IAEA delegation, the agency said." [Based on: News Services article (Iran concedes to U.N. on nuclear inquiries), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/14/07]

2007 - Bin Laden Speaks? - July 15th, 2007: "A new al-Qaida videotape posted Sunday [07/15/07] on a militant website featured a short ['less than a minute'], undated clip of a weary-looking Osama bin Laden praising martyrdom. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/15/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Pakistan - July 15th, 2007: "Suicide bomber strikes military convoy, killing 24 ['injuring almost 30 others' - Pakistan - 07/14/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/15/07]

2007 - Arms Control Trivia / Russia - July 15th, 2007: "Russia pulls out of European arms limitation treaty ['a Cold war-era conventional arms-control pact' - 07/14/07]" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/15/07]

2007 - Settlement / LA Archdiocese - July 15th, 2007: "Negotiators completed a $660 million deal Saturday [07/14/07] evening that settles the legal claims of more than 500 people who said they were victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (LA archdiocese agrees to $660 million settlement), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/15/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - July 15th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:27:40 (UTC) on Sunday, July 15th, 2007. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 15.386°S, 168.503°E; Depth: 46.4 km (28.8 miles) @ VANUATU." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007evak.php] - [T.D. - 07/16/07]

2007 - Reactor Shut Down / N. Korea - July 15th, 2007: "N. Korea has shut down reactor, it says [07/14/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/15/07]

*Trivia: "U.N. verifies shutdown of N. Korean reactor" [Based on: Title A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/16/07]

2007 - Defense Network Trivia / Japan - July 15th, 2007: "U.S. is helping Japan deploy defense network" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/15/07]

2007 - Interim Government / West Bank - July 15th, 2007: "Abbas installs moderate interim government [West Bank - 07/14/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/15/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - July 15th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:08:01 (UTC) on Sunday, July 15th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 52.649°N, 168.092°W; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program @ FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007evau.php] - [T.D. - 07/16/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Pakistan - July 16th, 2007: "A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police recruitment center close to Pakistan's volatile tribal region Sunday [07/15/07], killing at least 26 people, injuring nearly 60 others and bringing the death toll in weekend attacks in the frontier zone to more than 70. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Deadly militant bombings deepen strife in Pakistan), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/16/07]

2007 - Clemency Deal / Fatah Fighters - July 16th, 2007: "Scores of Fatah fighters accept clemency deal [07/15/07 - 'accepting the Israeli government's first collective offer of clemency in 14 years for gunmen listed as wanted terrorists.']" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/16/07]

2007 - Hurricane Cosme / Pacific Ocean - July 16th, 2007: "Hurricane Cosme was the third named storm in the 2007 eastern Pacific hurricane season. Cosme formed in a common area for hurricanes to start—off the Pacific coast of Mexico—and it tracked north and west. Cosme built power from its initial Tropical Depression state on July 14 to a minimal Category 1 hurricane on July 16. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14389]

2007 - White House Concern / Threat of Terror - July 16th, 2007: "White House concerned over threat of terror" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/16/07]

2007 - High Turnover Rate / Homeland Security, U.S.A. - July 16th, 2007: "High turnover reported at Homeland Security" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/16/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Near West Coast of Honshu, Japan - July 16th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:13:22 (UTC) on Monday, July 16th, 2007. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 37.570°N, 138.478°E; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program @ NEAR THE WEST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007ewac.php] - [T.D. - 07/16/07]

*Trivia: "A strong earthquake jolted northwestern Japan this morning and caused buildings in Tokyo to sway. The meteorological Agency said small tsunamis as high as 20 inches were believed to have hit coasts in the area. [NP] Three nuclear reactors in the region automatically stopped, and an electrical fire was reported at one, public broadcaster NHK said. Black smoke was seen billowing from the reactor as the fire burned. [NP] The quake had a magnitude of 6.7, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered off the coast of the prefecture (state) of Niigata, the Meteorological Agency said in a statement. [NP] Several bullet train services linking Tokyo to northern Japan were suspended, NHK said. [NP] Kyodo News reported three houses collapsed in Kashiwazaki City in Niigata. There was no word of any injuries." [Based on: News Services article (Earthquake jolts country, stops nuclear reactors), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/16/07]

*Trivia: "[....] The leak was not announced until the evening, many hours after the quake. That fed fresh concerns about the safety of Japan's  55 nuclear reactors, which supply 30 percent of the quake-prone country's electricity and have suffered a long string of accidents and cover-ups. [....] About 315 gallons of slightly radioactive water apparently spilled from a tank at one of the sprawling power complex's seven reactors and entered a pipe that flushed it into the sea, said Jun Oshima, an executive at Tokyo Electric Power Co. He said it was not clear whether the tank was damaged or the water simply spilled out. [....] [Based on: A.P. article (Quake triggers spill of radioactive water), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

*Trivia: "[....] After a quick inspection, the head of the utility that runs the complex summed up the situation: 'To be honest, it's a mess,' Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Tsunehisa Katsumata said after accepting an order from the mayor to shut the plant until its safety can be assured. [....] Katsumata insisted the damaged plant posed no danger to the 93,500 people living nearby. 'Everything is within acceptable legal levels,' he said. [....] Tokyo Electric, Japan's largest power company, said the quake was stronger than planned for at the seven-reactor complex, where about 1,000 people work on a typical day. Only about 350 people were there Monday, which was a national holiday. [....] On Tuesday, the utility shocked the nation by releasing a list of dozens of problems triggered by the quake, after earlier reporting only the transformer fire and a small leak of radioactive water. [NP] The list included the transformer fire, broken pipes, water leaks and spills of radioactive waste. It also said the leak of radioactive water into the Sea of Japan was 50 percent bigger than announced Monday night. [NP] 'We made a mistake in calculating the amount that leaked into the ocean,' the company said in a statement. Spokesman Jun Oshima said the amount was still 'one-billionth of Japan's legal limit.' " [Based on: A.P. article (Quake-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan is shut down indefinitely), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/19/07] - [My brackets. "NP" =  new paragraph. - D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "Japanese authorities suspended operation of a nuclear power plant on Tuesday [07/17/07] after a radiation leak and other damage from an earthquake raised concerns about the safety of the nation's accident-plagued nuclear industry. [NP] Tokyo Electric Power operates the nuclear plant near Kashiwazaki, a city in northwestern Japan. The company [typo? missing word?] it had found more than 50 problems at the plant caused by Monday's earthquake. The largest problem involved 100 drums of radioactive waste that had fallen, opening the lids on some, the company said." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Nuclear plant shut down in wake of quakes, leaks), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Sea of Japan - July 16th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:17:37 (UTC) on Monday, July 16th, 2007. The magnitude 6.8 event [Location: 36.788°N, 134.897°E; Depth: 349 km (216.9 miles) set by location program @ SEA OF JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007ewa8.php] - [T.D. - 07/14/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 17th, 2007: "Most stocks fell on Monday [07/16/07], led by oil producers and power companies, after forecasts for cooler weather spurred concern that demand for electricity will drop. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Most stocks fall on forecasts of cooler weather), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Mideast Peace Summit? - July 17th, 2007: "Bush plans Mideast peace summit / But requiring only those recognizing Israel's right to exist could limit participants." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Crimes against democracy - July 17th, 2007:

   I recently finished the book "Crimes Against Nature" by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. after attending his outstanding presentation in defense of our environment and our democracy at Alberici Headquarters in Overland [Mo.] this May. Mr Kennedy raises a particularly insightful point in quoting from a 1904 book by the intrepid journalist Lincoln Steffens called "The Shame of the Cities," a watershed study of the American political system.
   Mr Steffens concluded that the corruption and failures of American democracy stemmed largely from a single source: the control of government by businessmen acting in their own self-interest. This formula amounts to treason, because "the effect of it is literally to change the form of government from one that is representative of the people to an oligarchy representative of the special interests." The American people would be wise to keep these words of wisdom in mind as we exercise our patriotic duty at the voting booth; this understanding could have saved us much trouble and crisis over the past seven years.

[Based on: Opinion Page article (Crimes against democracy) by William S. Hart, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Bigger troop Buildup? / Iraq - July 17th, 2007: "The U.S. military is weighing new directions for Iraq, including an even bigger troop buildup if President George W. Bush thinks his 'surge' trategy needs a further boost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday [07/16/07]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Joint Chiefs prepare to adjust troops in September), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Kirkuk, Iraq - July 17th, 2007: "[....] A suicide bomber in the northern city of Kirkuk on Monday [07/16/07] crashed his truck into a compound that includes offices of a major Kurdish political party, killing 85 people. Many victims were women and children, shopping in the busy market next to the political offices, who were engulfed by a large fireball. [NP] The explosion flung bodies throughout the outdoor market and left some of the 185 people who were wounded shouting for help as they ran through the streets with their clothes and hair on fire, witnesses said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Joint Chiefs prepare to adjust troops in September), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - All-Night Iraq Debate / U.S. Senate - July 17th, 2007: "Frustrated Democrats procure cots in Senate for all-night Iraq debate" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / Britain & Russia - July 17th, 2007: "Britain announced Monday [07/16/07] that it would expel four Russian diplomats in retaliation for Russia's refusal to extradite the key suspect in the poisoning death in London of a former KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / South of Fiji Islands - July 17th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:35:34 (UTC) on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 26.135°S, 177.769°W; Depth: 54.9 km (34.1 miles) @ SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007exay.php] - [T.D. - 07/21/07]

2007 - Golden Burial Mask / Southern Bulgaria - July 17th, 2007: "A 2,400-year-old golden mask that once belonged to a Thracian king was found in southern Bulgaria, archaeologists said Monday [07/16/07]. [NP] The mask was found in the tomb near the village of Topolchane, 180 miles east of Sofia. [NP] The Thracians lived in the region between 4,000 B.C. and the 8th century A.D." [Based on: News Services article (Ancient king's golden mask is discovered), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Charges Dismissed / 13 Former KPMG Employees - July 17th, 2007: "A federal judge [U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan] dismissed charges Monday [07/16//07] against 13 former KPMG employees in what the government had described as the largest criminal tax case in U.S. history. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Judge tosses charges against 13 ex-KPMG employees / He says prosecutors prevented them from mounting a defense.), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/17/07]

2007 - Room for everyone - July 18th, 2007:

   In 1964 at age 12, I "lost" my Catholic religion. Too much memorization and not enough discussion; nuns threatening damnation for every minor infraction. And remarks such as those by Pope Benedict reaffirm my choice ("Pope: Catholicism only true Christian church," July 11). Catholicism now is the only path to salvation? Give me a break.
   Doctrines have been written and rewritten to suit a crusade, a cause, a fear, an attitude. Some people interpret "The Word" to suit their own agendas. Words and phrases out of context often are used to "prove" a religious group's statements.
   I can't believe that God/Allah/Yahweh/whatever is so unkind that he selected only one group to be "saved." I believe there's room for all good people - no matter what their belief - in heaven, or whatever one wants to call the afterlife. [Based on: Opinion Page article (Room for everyone) by Christine Hummel, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Trivia / Veggie Diet - July 18th, 2007: "Hopes that a diet low in fat and chock-full of fruits and vegetables could prevent the return of breast cancer were dashed Tuesday [07/17/07] by a seven-year experiment involving more than 3,000 women. [NP] The government study found no benefit from a mega-vegetable and fruit diet over the U.S. recommended servings of five fruits and vegetables a day. [NP] The study appears in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Study chucks veggie diet in cancer fight), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 18th, 2007: "Most U.S. stocks fell Tuesday [07/17/07] as a drop in oil prices sent drillers' shares lower after the Dow Jones industrial average flirted with 14,000 [The Dow average rose 20.57, or 0.2 percent, to 13,971.55.] for the first time." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall despite the Dow's flirtation with 14,000 mark), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Airline Accident / Brazil - July 18th, 2007: "A passenger jet crashed and burst into flames after skidding off a runway at Brazil's busiest airport Tuesday [07/17/07] and barreling across a busy highway at rush hour, officials said. All 176 people on board were feared dead. [....] The TAM Airline's Airbus 320 slammed into a gas station and a building owned by the airline, said Jose Leonardi Mota, a spokesman with airport authority Infraero. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (All 176 on board feared killed in plane crash), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber? Pakistan - July 18th, 2007: "15 killed in Pakistan [07/17/07] at disenter's rally ['apparently the work of a suicide bomber']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - War Boosts Al-Qaida Threat? - July 18th, 2007: "U.S. intelligence agencies concur / War boosts al-Qaida, report says / Iraqi group labled a threat to attack U.S." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - How to Eat to Avoid Cancer - July 18th, 2007: "To avoid Alzheimer's, eat like an Italian. This can help prevent cancer too! And an apple a day - or at least an apple PEEL a day - may help keep cancer away. [NP] Researchers have identified a dozen compounds in apple peel that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures. Food science researcher Rui Hai Liu says, 'We found that several compounds have potent anti-proliferative activities against human liver, colon and breast cancer cells and may be partially responsible for the anti-cancer activities of whole apples.' [....]"

[Based on: Article (How to Eat to Avoid Cancer) @ http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/?id=6337] - T.D. 07/29/07]

2007 - Trivia / Sales of U.S. Assets - July 18th, 2007: "Foreign buying of U.S. financial assets unexpectedly climbed to a record in May as international investors snapped up American stocks and corporate bonds. [NP] Total holdings of equities, notes and bonds climbed a net $126.1 billion, from $80.3 billion the previous month, the Treasury said Tuesday [07/17/07] in Washington. Economists predicted foreign investment would slow to a net $73 billion, based on the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey." [Based on: Article (Sales of U.S. assets jump), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Plan to Close Labs / U.S. FDA - July 18th, 2007: "Lawmaker calls FDA plan to close half of its labs 'ill-conceived' / Others on House panel question how shutting facilities would boost the agency's ability to police unsafe food." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Lung Surgery / Andrew Speaker - July 18th, 2007: "Globe-trotting tuberculosis patient Andrew Speaker underwent surgery Tuesday [07/17/07] to remove infected tissue in his right lung. [NP] Speaker, 31, of Atlanta spurred a health scare this spring that resulted in his forced isolation on his return to the United States in May. [NP] Doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver removed a tennis ball-size portion of tissue from Speaker's lung. The surgery went well, the hospital said." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Tuberculosis patient has surgery on lung), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Built-In Spyware Module? / iPhone - July 18th, 2007: "Today an underground hacker team 'web-Hack' from Russia released a whitepaper with results of iPhone firmware research. They reverse- engineered some functions and published this information. Results of a research shocked community. Russian hackers found a built-in function which sends all data from an iPhone to a specified web-server. Contacts from a phonebook, SMS, recent calls, history of Safari browser - all your personal information can be stolen. [NP] At present there is no additional information about this issue. Researches assume that this function either a debug feature or a built-in backdoor module for some governmental structures. Anyways this function can be used by a trojan-developers or activated by the AT&T. [NP] We will monitor all information about this accident and will publish it immediately."

[Based on: Article (iPhone has a built-in spyware module?)  @
http://vsiphone.blogspot.com/2007/07/iphone-has-built-in-spyware-module.html - T.D. 07/29/07

2007 - Explosion / Barton Solvents, Kansas - July 18th, 2007: "Storage tanks burn after an explosion in Valley Center, Kan., on Tuesday [07/17/07]. The explosion occurred at Barton Solvents and forced the evacuation of the town. No injuries were reported." [Based on: A.P. picture article (Explosion of solvents forces town to evacuate), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / South of Fiji Islands - July 18th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:07:36 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 18th, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 26.296°S, 177.779°W; Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program @ SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007exc2.php] - [T.D. - 07/21/07]

2007 - Biblical Action Figures? / Wal-Mart Stores Inc. - July 18th, 2007: "Wal-Mart said Tuesday [07/17/07] that it will test sales in some stores of biblical action figures whose makers say they are aimed at Christian parents who prefer their children play with Samson, David or Noah rather than with a comic book character. [NP] Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the toys, made by One2believe, of Valencia, Calif., will be offered in 425 of Wal-Mart's 3,376 discount stores and Supercenters." [Based on: Article (Action figures go biblical), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Resignation / Secretary of Veterans Affairs, U.S.A. - July 18th, 2007: "Veterans Affairs head [James Nicholson] abruptly resigns [07/17/07]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/18/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - July 19th, 2007: "Earth is entering a solar wind stream that could spark high latitude geomagnetic storms tonight. Sky watchers, be alert for auroras."

[Based on:  http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=20&month=07&year=2007]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 19th, 2007: "Wall Street retreated Wednesday [07/18/07] but managed a late-day partial recovery as investors reacted uneasily to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments on the economy and news that two Bear Stearns Cos. hedge funds were essentially worthless. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks slide after Bernanke speech, hedge fund funk), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/19/07]

2007 - Found Guilty / U.S. Marine - July 19th, 2007: "Local [Madison Ill.] Marine is found guilty [07/18/07] in killing [04/26/06] of Iraqi / Cpl. Trent Thomas is acquitted of most the [< typo?] serious charge, premeditated murder." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/19/07] - [My brackets - D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "Marine [Cpl. Trent Thomas] convicted in killing averts prison / man formerly of Madison, Ill., gets a bad-conduct discharge and reduced pay for crime in Iraq." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/21/07]

2007 - Steam Pipe Explosion / New York City - July 19th, 2007: "Steam pipe explodes [07/18/07] killing a person" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/19/07]

*Trivia: "With a blast that made skyscrapers tremble, an 83-year-old steam pipe sent a powerful message that the miles of tubes, wires and iron beneath New York and other U.S. cities are getting older and could become dangerously unstable. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (NYC steam pipe blast is seen as warning of aging infrastructure), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / Detained Iranian-Americans, Iran - July 19th, 2007: "Two detained Iranian-Americans [Haleh Esfandiari & Kian Tajbakhsh] were shown on state television Wednesday night [07/18/07] in a program contending they tried to foment regime change in Iran with the support of the U.S. government. [....] Two other Iranian-Americans - journalist Parnaz Azima and peace activist Ali Shakeri - also are being detained on national security charges." [Based on: A.P. article (2 womwn detained in Iran are shown on state TV), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/19/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 20th, 2007: "Wall Street moved soundly higher Thursday [07/19/07], sending the Dow Jones industrials to their first close above 14,000 [14,000.41] as investors kept jitters about the economy at bay and focused on a string of upbeat earnings reports. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dow closes above 14,000, its 32nd record close of year), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 07/20/07]

2007 - Suicide Attacks / Pakistan - July 20th, 2007: "Suicide attacks [07/19/07] kill at least 51 [Pakistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/20/07]

2007 - Dismissed / Plame Lawsuit - July 20th, 2007: "A federal judge dismissed Thursday [07/19/07] a lawsuit by former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband seeking damages against Vice President Dick Cheney, former Cheney aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby and two others Plame accused of conspiring to disclose her identity. [NP] Plame and her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson, had alleged that Cheney, Libby, White House political adviser Karl Rove and former State Department official Richard L. Armitage had violated their constitutional rights in the events that led to Plame's being identified in news reports in 2003. [NP] U.S. District Judge John Bates rejected the lawsuit in a 41-page ruling. Bates said it was barred by other statutes that Congress had enacted to cover instances of alleged harm to CIA operatives and other federal employees." [Based on: News Services article (Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Plame, husband), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/20/07]

2007 - Viking Treasure / England - July 20th, 2007: "One of the biggest Viking treasures ever found has been discovered on an English farm by a father-so`n team of treasure hunters, the British Museum announced Thursday [07/19/07]. [NP] The trove of coins and jewelery - a collection of items from Ireland, France, Russia and Scandinavia - was buried more than a thousand years ago. [....] Some of the coins mixed Christian and pagan imagery, sheding light on the beliefs of newly Christianized Vikings, said Williams, a curator of early medieval coins at the British Museum. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/20/07]

2007 - Earthquake / San Francisco Bay Area - July 20th, 2007: "A magnitude 4.2 quake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Friday [07/20/07], knocking out power to 4,600 homes in oakland, damaging some stores and snapping at least one gas line. [....]" [Based on: San Jose Mercury News article (Quake damages stores, cuts power / San Francisco Bay Area temblor is the largest to strike the region since March.), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/21/07]

2007 - Ignored Trailor Danger? / FEMA, U.S.A. - July 20th, 2007: "FEMA Administrator David Paulison promised Thursday [07/19/07] to warn tens of thousands of displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina that they are living in agency trailers that may be contaminated with dangerously high levels of formaldehyde gas. [....] 'Do not initiate any testing until we give the OK,' an agency attorney replied in an e-mail dated June 15, 2006. 'Once you get results and should they indicate some problem, the clock is running on our duty to respond to them.' [NP] An agency memo dated the following day said the office of general counsel 'has advised that we do not do testing, which would imply FEMA's owernship of this issue.' [NP] The 5,000 pages of e-mails and memos were released last week under threat of subpoena after FEMA initially claimed lawyer-client privilege. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (FEMA ignored trailer danger, e-mails say), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/20/07]

2007 - Former Executive Indicted / Engineered Support Systems Inc. - July 20th, 2007: "A week after being sued by federal regulators in an investigation of stock options at Engineered Support Systems Inc., former Chief Executive Michael F. Shanahan Sr. now faces criminal charges, too. [NP] The U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis on Thursday [07/19/07] announced an indictment on 12 counts of securities violations, fraud and conspiracy against Shanahan and his son, Michael F. Shanahan Jr., making them the highest-profile criminal defendants in the two-year investigation into stock dealings at the Cool Valley [Mo.] defense contractor. [NP] Prosecutors allege that, during a period of six years, the Shanahans and former chief financial officer Gary Gerhardt defrauded investors by regularly backdating stock options issued to company executives and directors. [NP] Backdating involves granting options and dating them at an earlier time, when the price was lower. The effect is to increase the value of stock options, which are perks given to employees that allow them to purchase stock at a given price. [....]" [Based on: Article (INDICTED / Shanahans may face prison time in a case over stock dealings at their former firm), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/20/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 21st, 2007: "Stocks erased a week of record highs Friday [07/20/07] after earnings at Google Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. missed analysts' estimates and banks predicted greater losses from bad loans. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Google, Caterpillar help push stocks from record highs), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/21/07]

2007 - Rovers in Peril? / Planet Mars - July 21st, 2007: "A severe dust storm is underway on Mars, causing an energy crisis for NASA's Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=07&day=21&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Amazonas,  Brazil - July 21st, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:27:03 (UTC) on Saturday, July 21st, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 7.976°S, 71.130°W; Depth: 632.9 km (393.3 miles) @ AMAZONAS, BRAZIL."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fba1.php] - [T.D. - 07/21/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Jujuy, Argentina - July 21st, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:34:51 (UTC) on Saturday, July 21st, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 22.270°S, 65.752°W; Depth: 289.6 km (180.0 miles) set by location program @ JUJUY, ARGENTINA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fbbf.php] - [T.D. - 07/21/07]

2007 - Colonoscopy / U.S. President George W. Bush - July 21st, 2007: "Bush set to have colonoscopy today [07/21/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/21/07]

*Trivia: "5 small growths [noncancerous polyps] removed from president's colon [07/21/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - Bars Some Tough Interrogation Methods / George W. Bush - July 21st, 2007: "President George W. Bush signed an executive order Friday [07/20/07] prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush bars some tough interrogation methods / Ececutive order applies to terror suspects and CIA.), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/21/07]

2007 - Troop Shortages? / U.S.A. - July 22nd, 2007: "More airmen and sailors are sent to front lines in Iraq / Troop shortages prompt combat-related jobs with Army, Marine units; move could shrink re-enlistments, experts say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for HEARST NEWSPAPERS article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - Troop Shortage? / Britain - July 22nd, 2007: "One of Britain's top military commanders [Gen. Richard Dannatt] said commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan had left the British army with no reserves, a newspaper [The Daily Telegraph - 07/21/07] reported. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Britain is short of troops, too, newspaper reports), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - Storms & Flooding / Britain - July 22nd, 2007: "[....] Many areas of Britain had more than a month's worth of rain in just a few hours Friday [07/20/07], meteorologists said. More downpours were predicted throughout the weekend. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Storms leave Britons trapped, homeless), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - First Female President / India - July 22nd, 2007: "Lawmakers tap India's first female president [Pratibha Patil]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - Hostages Trivia / Afghanistan - July 22nd, 2007: "Fate of German hostages in dispute / The Taliban also looks to trade 23 S. Korean captives for its own imprisoned fighters." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - Minimum Wage Increase / U.S.A. - July 22nd, 2007: "Minimum wage to rise [from $5.15 hr. to $5.85 hr.] Tuesday [07/24/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - Mudslides & Lightning / Pakistan - July 22nd, 2007: "Pakistani rescue workers  and area residents search for bodies in the rubble of homes leveled by a landslide in Dirbala, about 150 miles north of Peshawar, Pakistan. Rescuers searched for survivors Saturday [07/21/07] after mudslides and lightning killed more than 80 people, including women and children, and destroyed homes in three remote villages in northwestern Pakistan, officials said." [Based on: A.P. picture article (MASSIVE LANDSLIDES  IN PAKISTAN), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/22/07]

2007 - Sun in Leo - June 23rd, 2007: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Leo." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200707.html]

2007 - Flooding / Texas - July 23rd, 2007: "Floods in Texas [South and Central Texas - 07/20-21/07] strand Amtrack riders, send Boy Scouts fleeing" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/23/07]

2007 - Elections Trivia / Turkey - July 23rd, 2007: "Turkey's Islamic-leaning party loses some seats [10] but keeps power [07/22/07]" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/23/07]

2007 - Biometrics Trivia / Japan - July 23rd, 2007: "Retinal scans, finger prints or facial recognition get most of the attention but developers across the world are quietly labouring away at alternative types of biometrics. [NP] Recognition by the way someone walks (their gait) or the rhythm they make when they type and others have each been tried as potential biometrics. Hitachi is adding to this stock with the worldwide release this month of a finger vein identity authentication device. [....]"

[Based on:  The Register article (Hitachi goes global with vein recognition biometric) by John Leyden, 07/23/07]
*Link: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/23/biometrics_vein_recognition/ - T.D. 07/29/07

2007 - Died / Mohammad Zahir Shah - July 23rd, 2007: "King who ruled Afghanistan peacefully for 40 years [Mohammad Zahir Shah] dies [07/23/07, age 92]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - July 23rd, 2007: "U.S. might hit al-Qaida in Pakistan, official says ['The president's homeland security adviser, Fran Townsend' - 07/22/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/23/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Iraqi Tribal Leaders - July 23rd, 2007: "Blast [suicide bomber - 07/22/07 - 'killing at least three people and injuring 13'] targeted Iraqi tribal leaders helping U.S., military says" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/23/07]

2007 - Trivia / South Korean Hostages, Afghanistan - July 23rd, 2007: "Taliban extend deadline ['by 24 hours'] for Korean hostages ['23 South Korean hostages']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/23/07]

2007 - Calls for End to All Wars / Pope Benedict XVI - July 23rd, 2007: "Pope Benedict XVI called Sunday [07/22/07] for an end to all wars, describing them as 'useless slaughters' that bring Hell to Earth. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Pope benedict XVI urges end to all wars), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/23/07]

2007 - IPhone Trivia - July 24th, 2007: "Hackers could take control of a iphone if its owner visits a doctored website or Internet hot spot, security researchers reported Monday [07/23/07]. [....]" [Based on: Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 24th, 2007: "Stocks rose as $35 billion in acquisitions and Merck & Co.'s better-than-forecast earnings carried the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average to the steepest gains in a week. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Merck earnings, big acquisitions help boost gains), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Blockade /  Husseiniyah, Iraq - July 24th, 2007: "U.S., Iraqi forces blockade town [Husseiniyah, Iraq] / Shiite gunmen are dug in for third day behind earthern barriers." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Torrential Rains / England - July 24th, 2007: "England is wet and getting wetter / Torrential rains create flooding, with more downpours expected." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Roadside Bomb / Afghanistan - July 24th, 2007: "Roadside bomb [07/23/07] kills 4 American soldiers [eastern Afghanistan]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Food Recal / Castleberry's Food Co's.  - July 24th, 2007: "[....] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday directed stores and consumers nationwide to immediately discard more than 80 brands of canned meat made at Castleberry's Food Co.'s Augusta, Ga., plant because they could be contaminated with the deadly bacteria [botulism]. [....]." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Food firm recalls canned meat items in botulism scare), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Operating at Half Capacity / St. Louis Arch  - July 24th, 2007: "[....] A power outage lasting more than two hours Saturday night [07/21/07] trapped people inside the legs of the top of the monument until they were evacuated. A brief power outage followed on Sunday. The tram in the north leg of the Arch was operating as usual Monday, but the south leg tram will remain out of service for at least two months until cables are replaced." [Based on: Picture article (Arch operating at half capacity), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Metabolic Syndrome Risk? / Diet & Regular Soda  - July 24th, 2007: "Drinking as little as one can of soda per day - either regular or diet - is associated with a 48 percent increased risk of 'metabolic syndrome,' a key predessor of heart disease and diabetes, according to new results released Monday. [....] Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that includes excessive abdominal fat, high blood-glucose levels, high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides and low levels of high-density lipoprotein, the 'good' cholesterol. [NP] People with three or more of these symptoms have double the normal risk of heart disease and diabetes. [NP] The study was sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Researchers studied the more than 2,400 middle-aged, white residents of Framingham, Mass., who are part of a long-running health study. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Just a single can of soda a day puts you at risk, study finds), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Rebel Suspects Killed / Northwestern Border, Pakistan - July 24th, 2007: "Clashes between suspected militants and security forces Monday [07/23/07] near Pakistan's northwestern border with Afghanistan left at least 20 insurgents and two soldiers dead, an army spokesman said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/24/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 25th, 2007: "The stock market tumbled the most in four months Tuesday ['The Dow decreased 226.47 or 1.6 percent, to 13,716.95.'] after Countrywide Financial Corp.'s earnings prompted concern the housing crisis is spreading. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Countrywide woes trigger biggest decline in 4 months), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - Al-Qaida Cells in U.S.? - July 25th, 2007: "A top U.S. military commander [Air Force Gen. Victor Renuart] said Tueday [07/24/07] that he thought there were al-Qaida cells in the United States - or people working to establish them. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article (Al-Qaida has cells in U.S., general says), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - Fired / Colorado Professor - July 25th, 2007: "Professor in 9/11 flap [Ward Churchill] is fired [07/24/07] for plagiarism, more" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - Super-Bolide / Southern Europe - July 25th, 2007: "On Wednesday, July 25th at approximately 10:00 UT, 'a major daylight fireball tore across the skies of Slovenia, Croatia and Italy,' reports veteran meteor observer Jure Atanackov of Maribor, Slovenia. 'It produced two bright flashes that reached an estimated magnitude of -20 and also loud sonic booms. [....] The July 25th fireball falls into the category of superbolides--exploding meteors of magnitude -17 or brighter. They are, essentially, small asteroids measuring a few to 10 meters in diameter and massing a few hundred metric tons. Superbolides trigger seismic detectors on the ground, produce waves of infrasound that can travel thousands of miles, and they are tracked by military satellites scanning Earth for nuclear explosions. Recent examples include the El Paso fireball of 1997 and the Yukon fireball of 2000. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 07/31/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - July 25th, 2007: "U.S., Iran hold talks [07/24/07] - angry ones" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - Settlement / Smith Barney Unit, Citigroup - July 25th, 2007: "Citigroup's Smith Barney unit will pay $50 million to settle market-timing charges brought by the New York Stock Exchange and New Jersey." [Based on: Article (Timing charges settled), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - Credibility At Issue / U.S. Attorney General - July 25th, 2007: "Gonzales denies pressing Ashcroft / Senators make clear to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales ... that his credibility is at issue." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Nicobar Islands, India Region - July 25th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:37:34 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 25th, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 7.149°N, 92.502°E; Depth: 30 km (18.6 miles) set by location program] @ NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007ffcs.php] - [T.D. - 07/29/07]

2007 - America's Public Enemy No. 1 / Al-Qaida in Iraq? - July 25th, 2007: "Bush tells troops [07/24/07] al-Qaida in Iraq is America's 'Public Enemy No. 1' " [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - ID Cards for Illegal Immigrants / New Haven, Connecticut - July 25th, 2007: "Connecticut town [New Haven] issues ID cards [07/24/07] to illegal immigrants / The cards - available to all residents - allows holders to open bank accounts and access other services." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/25/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - July 26th, 2007: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing mild geomagnetic storms. Auroras may be difficult to see, however, due to bright moonlight." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [07/26/07] 

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 26th, 2007: "Energy shares rallied on a surge in oil prices Wednesday [07/25/07], helping stocks rebound from their biggest drop in four months." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Surge in oil prices greases the wheels for stock comeback), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - Discovery / Itching Gene? - July 26th, 2007: "[....] The discovery, reported today [07/26/07] in the online version of the journal Nature, could lead to drugs that specifically block the gene and relieve chronic itching. [....]" [Based on: Article (WU team uncovers gene tied to itching), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - White Lunar Wizard Year - July 26th, 2007: "We have now entered the new cycle of the White Lunar Wizard Year  (commenced on July 26, 2007) after an epic Day out of Time synchronization on July 25, 2007 - Red Magnetic Skywalker - in which the great Spiral of Prophecy spiritually renewed and fulfilled its intentions thru our hearts and souls. [....] The Red Skywalker is the tribe on the Dreamspell whose code is Prophecy, and the Skywalker Wavespell starts off this entire year - evoking the spirit of both prophets: Quetzalcoatl and Pacal Votan! [....]" [Based on: http://www.13moon.com/time-is-art.htm] - [T.D. - 12/06/07]

*Trivia: "The 13 moon calendar is an obvious and ancient way to structure the year. 13 cycles of 28 days describe the year perfectly, with one day of renewal before the new year."

[Based on: http://www.13moon.com/time-is-art.htm] - [T.D. 12/06/07]

2007 - Sues University / Ward Churchill - July 26th, 2007: "Fired professor [Ward Churchill] sues University of Colorado [07/25/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - Heat Wave / Southern Europe - July 26th, 2007: "[....] The day's high of 113 degrees outside Athens approached the 114.8 degrees reached in the region's first major heat wave of the summer late last month." [Based on: News Services article (Second heat wave grips southern Europe), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Molucca Sea - July 26th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:40:16 (UTC) on Thursday, July 26th, 2007. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 2.823°N, 127.482°E; Depth: 25 km (15.5 miles) set by location program] @ MOLUCCA SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fgaq.php] - [T.D. - 07/29/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Russia - July 26th, 2007: "President Vladimir Putin vowed Wednesday to strengthen Russia's military capability and step up spying abroad in response to U.S. plans to build missle defense sites and deploy troops in Eastern Europe. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - Killed / S. Korean Hostage, Afghanistan - July 26th, 2007: "Taliban kills [said Wednesday] one South Korean hostage [Pastor Bae Hyung-kyu, 42] / The man was one of 23 seized by the group since July 19." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - Tropical Storm Dalila / East Pacific Ocean - July 26th, 2007: "Tropical Storm Dalila was already starting to fade on July 26, 2007, when the QuikSCAT satellite captured this image [see link]. [....] Tropical Storm Dalila was the eighth tropical system to form in the East Pacific during the 2007 season, and the fourth named storm. Dalila formed south of Baja California and arced northwest over cooled waters as it degraded.  [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14410]

2007 - Target Iraqi Soccer Fans / Car Bombs, Iraq  - July 26th, 2007: "Bombers ['two suicide car bombs'] target Iraqi soccer fans [07/25/07] / 50 are killed [135 injured] as crowds celebrate after team makes Asian Cup finals." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - Linked to Heart Disease? / High Cholesterol & Exhaust - July 26th, 2007: "New research suggests that people with high cholesterol are especially vulnerable to heart disease when they are exposed to diesel ehhaust and other ultra-fine particles that are common pollutants in urban air.[NP] Microscopic particles in diesel exhaust combine with cholesterol to activate genes that trigger hardening of the arteries, according to a study by scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles to be published today [online version of the journal Genome Biology?]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Study links cholesterol, exhaust to heart disease), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/26/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 27th, 2007: "Stocks plunged the most ['The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 311.5, or 2.3 percent, to 13,473.57.'] in five months Thursday [07/26/07] after Exxon Mobil Corp.'s earnings missed estimates and higher financing costs threatened to slow takeovers. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Exxon, banks lead market to biggest slide in five months), p. B11, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Public Apology / Mike Nifong - July 27th, 2007: "Former district attorney [Mike Nifong] apologizes [07/26/07] in Duke case / There was 'no credible evidence' of rape by lacrosse players' he acknowledges." [Based on: Tite & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - New House Sales Plunge / U.S.A. - July 27th, 2007: "Sales of new houses fell in June by the largest amount in five months as housing continued to struggle with its worst downturn in 16 years. [....]" [Based on: Article (New-house sales plunge most in five months), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Terrorist Attacks / Baghdad, Iraq - July 27th, 2007: "A high-tech simultaneous truck bombing and rocket attack devestated a Shiite market district in one of baghdad's safest central neighborhoods Thursday [07/26/07], killing at least 28 people and wounding 95. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Linked blasts in Iraq show militants' growing skill), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Risk of Psychosis? / Marijuana Use - July 27th, 2007: "Marijuana use may increase risk of psychosis, study ['being published today in The Lancet medical journal.'] says." [Based on: Title for A.P.  article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Terror Charge Dropped / Indian Doctor - July 27th, 2007: "Terror charge dropped [07/27/07] against Indian doctor [Mohamed Haneef]" [Based on: Title for News Services  article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Discovered / Mastodon Tusks, Greece - July 27th, 2007: "Tusks found of mastodon [northern Greece] that lived 2.5 million years ago" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Discovered / City Under Alexandria - July 27th, 2007: "[....] A Smithsonian team has uncovered underwater evidence pointing to an urban settlement at the site dating back seven centuries before Alexander showed up in 331 B.C. [....] The discoveries are reported in the August issue of GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America." [Based on: A.P. article (Team finds signs of city under Alexandria), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Must Pay for Wrongful Convictions / U.S.A. - July 27th, 2007: "U.S. must pay $101 million for wrongful convictions [1968 murder convictions of Louis Greco (d. 1985), Henry Tameleo (d. 1995), Peter Limone & Joseph Salvati]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Trivia / Food Recall, Castleberry's Food Co. - July 27th, 2007: "FDA finds recalled meat on some store shelves ['in roughly 250 of more than 3,700 stores'] " [Based on: Tite for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Causes Cancer? / Genetically Altered Virus - July 27th, 2007: "Virus ['called adeno-associated virus'] linked to cancer in mice" [Based on: Article Title, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/27/07]

2007 - Sunspot? - July 28th, 2007: "The sun is no longer blank; a new sunspot is breaching the surface. Maxim Usatov photographed it this morning from his backyard in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine .... The 'spot is small now, but growing rapidly. Amateur astronomers with solar telescopes may wish to monitor developments. "

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

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 28th, 2007: "Stocks plunged for a second day Friday [07/27/07] after concern that the global boom in takeovers is ending sent the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its worst weekly drop in five years ['The S&P 500 lost 23.71, or 1.6 percent, to 1,458.95. The Dow Jones ... retreated 208.10, or 1.5 percent, to 13,265.47.']. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Market slide continues; S&P's drop is worst in 5 years), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - Profit Increase / Olin Corp. - July 28th, 2007: "Olin Corp. reported stronger second-quarter sales and earnings as a surge in its Winchester ammunition division helped compensate for falling revenue in its chemical group, which sells chlorine, caustic soda and hydrochloric acid." [Based on: Staff Reports article (Olin sales, profit increase on strength of ammunition), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - Sentenced / Ex-Qwest Chief - July 28th, 2007: "Ex-Quest chief [Joe Nacchio] gets six years" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - Minor Surgery / Dick Cheney - July 28th, 2007: "Cheney will undergo minor surgery [to replace battery in his defibrillator] today" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - Pre-Dawn Raid / Karbala, Iraq - July 28th, 2007: "Special forces battle militants in Karbala [07/27/07] / 17 insurgents are killed; 'rogue' member of Mahdi Army is captured" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - 2nd. Quarter Profit / Chevron Corp. - July 28th, 2007: "Chevron Corp.'s profit soared to new heights in the second quarter, capping another round of astounding oil industry earnings that have piled up as high gasoline prices squeeze consumers. [....]" [Based on: Article (Chevron Corp. / Profit rises to $5.3 billion), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - Defense Contract / Lockheed Martin Corp. - July 28th, 2007: "Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest defense contractor, won a $2.4 billion contract for Joint Strike Fighter materials and parts, the Navy said. [....]" [Based on: Article (Lockheed martin / $2.4 billion parts deal), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - Continued Violence / Red Mosque, Pakistan - July 28th, 2007: "Violence flares anew [an apparent suicide blast nearby killed at least 13 people] at Pakistani mosque [07/27/07]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/28/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - July 29th, 2007: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing mild geomagnetic storms. Auroras may be difficult to see, however, due to bright moonlight."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=07&day=29&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Asian Cup Champions / Iraq - July 29th, 2007: "It took a beautiful arching corner kick and a textbook-perfect header to bring unadulterated joy to millions of people across this ravaged country [Iraq]. [NP] As the soccer ball sailed into the net off the head of Younis Mahmoud, the Iraqi national team's captain, a collective shout rose up from every corner of Baghdad. [NP] When the final whistle blew 22 minutes later, signaling a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia and Iraq's first-ever Asian Cup championship, the sound swelled again. It was a moment of joy, but also of release - from more than four years of war at home. [NP] 'This team brought glory to Iraq and ended our suffering for a while,' said Omar Hassan 29, who danced in the streets waving an Iraqi flag after the televised match, which was played in Jakarta, Indonesia. [NP] Echoing a common theme among the tens of thousands of revelers who poured into Baghdad's streets, Hassan said the soccer players should be role models for their countrymen because they rose above the sectarian divisions that have plagued the rest of the country. Mahmoud, a Sunni Turkmen, scored the winning goal off an assist from Hawar Mohammed, a Kurd, while Shiite goalkeeper Noor Sabri earned his fourth straight shutout. [....] The day of celebration was not completely devoid of politics. After the match, Mahmoud said he would not return to Iraq and called for a U.S. withdrawal. 'I want America to go out,' he said. 'Today, tomorrow, but out.' [....] 'We are all one today, with one heart for Iraq and against terrorism,' said Mahmoud Fadhil, a displaced Baghdad resident who now lives in Irbil. 'Look over here there are Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Christians, all of them with one heart today.' [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Iraq unites in celebration of soccer title / National team rose above sectarian divisions that have plagued the country.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

2007 - Mine Waste Spill / Zijiang River, Hunan Province, China - July 29th, 2007: "Mine runoff spilled into a central Chinese river, temporarily cutting off drinking water to more than 200,000 people, a state news agency reported Saturday. [NP] The runoff from a lead-zinc mine polluted the Zijiang river in Hunan province on Thursday [07/26/07], cutting off supplies to the riverside city of Lengshuijiang and residents downstream, the official Xinhua News Agency said. [NP] It reported that more than 39,000 cubic yards of lead-zinc residue were washed into the river after a drain collapsed at the private Zhongtai Mining Corp. [NP] China's waterways are dangerously polluted after decades of rapid economic growth and lax enforcement of pollution controls." [Based on: News Services article (Mine waste spill cuts off water to 200,000), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/29/07]

2007 - Get old, stay smart - July 30th, 2007: "Keeping your mental edge into your winter years takes brain work, the Mayo Clinic says. [NP] Clinicians said recently there's no reason why the brain of older people should lose their sharpness. The key is to exercise mental muscle. [NP] In fact, older adults who work their brains can develop new connections between brain cells, they said. [NP] Research increasingly shows that aging doesn't automatically result in a steady erosion of brain cells. [NP] A brain workout - using the mind in a wide variety of new and challenging ways - can activate cells throughout the brain, says the newest issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter. [NP] Here are some ways to have a brain workout: [NP *Work the left brain: Language, number and reasoning activities are considered left-brain activities. Reading, writing, learning a new language, completing number or word games, balancing a checkbook without a calculator and fixing broken objects are left-brain activities. [NP] *Work the right brain: Music, art and using the imagination are considered right-brain activities. Revive your music talent, sing in a choir, knit, quilt or take art classes. [NP] *Break a routine: Your brain kicks in when you change an old routine or habit. Now you'll have to think about it again. [NP] *Be sociable: Conversation and group activities get your brain working." [Based on: Health Notes article (Get old, stay smart), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07] - [My brackets. "NP" = New Paragraph. - D.R.D.]

2007 - Science catching up? - July 30th, 2007:

   Regarding David Brooks' column, "How brains keep us connected to oneanother" (July 24): It seems that science is catching up with the major world faiths. They all teach that each of us is interconnected: The good we do to others, we do to ourselves; when we harm others, we are harming ourselves. If we could look at our spouses, children, neighbors and other countries with this in mind, just imagine the change. There would be hope for us all.   

[Based on: Opinion page article (Science catching up?) by Sarah Berglund, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

2007 - Elections Trivia / Japan - July 30th, 2007: "Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party suffered a crushing defeat in elections on Sunday [07/29/07] for the upper house of parliament, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed that he would not step down. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Japan's Abe will continue to lead despite party's loss at polls), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

2007 - Defang the lobby fat-cats - July 30th, 2007:

   The greatest enemy of a universal health plan for all Americans is the private health insurers. Their CEOs have bought most Republican senators and representatives and many of the Democrats. The lobbyists run the show in Washington. Until we "defang" them, we'll never get it right with health care, food safety, drug safety, pollution, the environment, jobs, dependency on oil, etc., etc. It's time to put the interests of the American people first.

[Based on: Opinion page article (Defang the lobby fat-cats) by Robert Recht, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

2007 - Tied to Kidney Disease? / Cola - July 30th, 2007: "People who drink more than two servings of cola a day more than double their risk of chronic kidney disease, new research suggests. [NP] But the same study, by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, found no increased risk with other carbonated drinks. [NP] Researchers said they don't believe the risk comes from the sugar of caffeine in colas. They suspect phosphoric acid, which gives cola its flavor and acts as a preservative. [NP] Currently, the association with kidney disease is mostly statistical. Still, the researchers warned people with kidney disease to avoid colas and high-phosphate foods, such as meat. [NP] The report is in a recent edition of the scientific journal Epidemiology." [Based on: Health Notes article (Cola is tied to kidney disease), p. H2, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07] - [My brackets. "NP" = New Paragraph. - D.R.D.]

2007 - British Prime Minister / Camp David - July 30th, 2007: "President George W. Bush welcomes British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., on Sunday [07/29/07]." [Based on: A.P. picture caption, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

2007 - Medical Breakthrough / MS Research - July 30th, 2007: "Breakthrough reported in MS ['The findings were published online Sunday (07/29/07) in the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature Genetics.'] New multiple sclerosis drugs could be out in five to 10 years, researcher says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

2007 - Tropical Storms Trivia / Atlantic Ocean - July 30th, 2007: "The number of tropical storms developing annually in the Atlantic Ocean more than doubled over the past century, researchers say. [NP] The increases coincided with rising sea surface temperatures, largely the byproduct of human-induced climate warming, researchers Greg J. Holland and Peter J. Webster concluded. Their findings were being published online Sunday [07/29/07] by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. [NP] An official at the National Hurricane Center called the research 'sloppy science' and said technological improvements in observing storms acounted for the increase. [NP] From 1905 to 1930, the Atlantic-Gulf Coast area averaged six tropical cyclones a year, with four of those storms growing into hurricanes. [NP] The annual average jumped to 10 tropical storms and five hurricanes from 1931 to 1994. From 1995 to 2005, the average was 15 tropical storms and eight hurricanes annually." [Based on: News Services article (Study on tropical storms is denounced as 'sloppy'), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

2007 - Undermining Efforts in Iraq / Saudi Arabia? - July 30th, 2007: "The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday [07/29/07] that ally Saudi Arabia was undermining efforts to stabilize Iraq. [NP] Zalmay Khalilzad's comments follow word from a senior defense official that a planned U.S. weapons sale to Saudi Arabia and other moderate Persian Gulf states was expected to be a topic this week when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates visit the Middle East. [....] Iraqi officials have accused Saudi Arabia of allowing a flow of funding to support Sunni insurgents and failing to prevent would-be suicide bombers from crossing the Saudi border to infiltrate Iraq. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. diplomat accuses Saudis of undermining efforts in Iraq), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/30/07]

*Trivia: "U.S. envoy to U.N. [Zalmay Khalilzad] calls Saudi Arabia 'a great ally' / He scales back his criticism to the kingdom a day earlier." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07] - [Note: Article body terminates in mid sentence (10th paragraph) just above Emissions Testing add.]

2007 - Flooding / Sudan - July 31st, 2007: "Flooding [Sudan] increases death toll to 41 [07/30/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - July 31st, 2007: "Stocks rebounded [Dow Jones: 13,358.31] from the worst two-day skid since 2003 after Wall Street's biggest securities firms, led by Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp., said the sell-off made banks, house builders and retailers relative bargains. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Shares rebound as bargain hunters stock up again), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Foreclosures Trivia / U.S.A.  - July 31st, 2007: "The number of U.S. houses facing foreclosure surged 58 percent in the first six months of the year [2007], a data firm said. [NP] In all, 573.379 properties aross the nation reported some sort of foreclosure activity in the first half of this year, including receiving notices of default, auction sale notices or being repossessed, said RealtyTrac Inc. of Irvine Calif. [NP] That was 58 percent higher than the 363,672 properties in the first six months of last year." [Based on: Article (Foreclosures soar 58%), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Stronger Warning? / Avandia - July 31st, 2007: "[....] Federal health advisers Monday [07/30/07] voted 22-1 against recommending removing Avandia from the market, saying evidence the widely used drug [Diabetes drug] was indeed risky to the heart wasn't conclusive enough to merit such drastic action. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Avandia may get stronger warning), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Typhoon Usagi / Western Pacific - July 31st, 2007: "The fourth typhoon of 2007 in the western Pacific, Typhoon Usagi was just southwest of Japan’s Volcano Islands, which include Iwo Jima, on July 31, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image [see link]. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14417]

2007 - Weapons Smuggling / Gaza Border - July 31st, 2007: "Egypt wants U.S., Israel help with Gaza border control / Weapons are smuggled to Hamas through border town's tunnels." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Seized by Militants / Islamic Shrine, Pakistan - July 31st, 2007: "Pakistani militants seize shrine in tribal region / Pro-Taliban forces then rename it the Red Mosque." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - 2nd Taliban Hostage Killed? / Afghanistan - July 31st, 2007: "Taliban says [07/30/07] it killed a second S. Korean hostage" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Seizure / Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S.A. - July 31st, 2007: "Chief Justice Roberts is hospitalized [07/30/07] after seizure ['a benign idiopathic seizure'] / Fall leaves scrapes; evaluation 'reveals no cause for concern.' ['Roberts had a similar episode in 1993']" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / North of Ascension Island - July 31st, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:55:31 (UTC) on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 0.095°S, 17.800°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program  @ NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007flce.php] - [T.D. - 07/31/07]

2007 - Home Searched for Documents / Sen. Ted Stevens - July 31st, 2007: "U.S. agents raid home [07/30/07] of senator [Sen. Ted Stevens] in search of documents / Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has been linked to figure in corruption scandal." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Final Session Before Recess / Iraq Parliament - July 31st, 2007: "Iraq rebuffs U.S. [07/30/07]; lawmakers recess ['Adjourning until Sept. 4']" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

2007 - Scientists engineer mice with schizophrenia gene - July 31st, 2007: "John Hopkins scientists have genetically engineered mice that carry a human gene linked to schizophrenia, an advance they say could open new research into a disease that effects millions. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Scientists engineer mice with schizophrenia gene), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/31/07]

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