Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

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

  July 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - July 1st, 2009: "Sun [9 Cancer], Moon [0 Scorpio], Mercury [25 Gemini], Venus [25 Taurus], Mars [22 Taurus], Jupiter [26 Aquarius R.], Saturn [16 Virgo], Uranus [26 Pisces], Neptune [26 Aquarius R.], Pluto [1 Capricorn], Chiron [25 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200907.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 1st, 2009: "Investors added consumer confidence, which unexpectedly fell in June, to their growing list of things to worry about. The S&P 500 fell 0.9 percent to end at 919.32. But the index ended up 15 percent for the April-June period, its best quarter in a decade." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/01/09]

2009 - U.S. Pullout / Iraqi Cities - July 1st, 2009: "U.S. pulls out of Iraqi cities [06/30/09] / American role will be less visible but still crucial as nation works toward political reconciliation." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/01/09]

2009 - Trivia / C-Reactive Protein - July 1st, 2009: "[....] Researchers analyzing data from more than 100,000 people conclude that their study 'argues against' the notion that C-reactive protein causes heart disease." [Based on: News Services article (Blood protein called a bystander), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/01/09]

2009 - Al Franken / Minnesota Senate - July 1st, 2009: "Franken [Al Franken] tips scale with Senate win [06/30/09] / Democratic domination isn't assured: 2 senators are ailing; two others in caucus are independents." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/01/09]

2009 - Mission End / Ulysses Spacecraft - July 1st, 2009: "The U.S. and European spacecraft Ulysses has ended its 18-year mission to explore the sun, receiving a command from NASA to cease its operations." [Based on: News Services article (Ulysses gets its final command), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/01/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Crete, Greece - July 1st, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:30:10 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 34.199°N, 25.454°E; Depth 19 km (11.8 miles) set by location program] was located @ CRETE, GREECE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009ina1.php] - [T.D. - 07/03/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 2nd, 2009: "The stock market's third quarter began on a positive note after some reassuring data on manufacturing and the housing market. The gains were tempered. though, ahead of Thursday's June jobs report. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 4.01, or 0.4 percent, to 923.33." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/02/09]

2009 - Report on CIA delayed again - July 2nd, 2009: "The Justice Department is again delaying the release of an internal CIA report on the agency's secret detention and interrogation program during the Bush administration. [NP] The report had been expected to be made public two weeks ago. The government published a version of the report in 2008, but its contents were almost entirely blacked out." [Based on: News Services article (Report on CIA delayed again), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/02/09]

2009 - Gaza struggling, report says - July 2nd, 2009: "The blockade of Gaza is causing severe humanitarian hardship and the situation is getting worse every day, the head of the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees warned. Gaza's borders were closed by Israel and Egypt after the takeover two years ago of the territory by Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the West." [Based on: News Services article (Gaza struggling, report says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/02/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - July 2nd, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 July 2009 at 11:35:34 PM GMT is: $11,522,643,227,891.40. The estimated population of the United States is 306,476,761 so each citizen's share of this debt is $37,597.12. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.91 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 07/02/09]

2009 - Bank Failures / U.S.A. - July 3rd, 2009: "Three Illinois banks were shuttered Thursday [07/02/09]. Regulators shut down John Warner Bank of Clinton, Rock River Bank in Oregon and First State Bank of Winchester, bringing to 48 the number of U.S. bank failures this year." [Based on: News Services article (3 Illinois banks fail), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 3rd, 2009: "A dour report on job losses in June sent stocks sharply lower. Recession-weary employers in the U.S. slashed 467,000 jobs in the month, worse than the 363,000 expected. The Dow lost 223.32, or 2.8 percent, to end at 8,280.74, the lowest close in six weeks." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - Oil Prices Tumble / U.S.A. - July 3rd, 2009: "Benchmark crude oil prices for August delivery fell $2.58, nearly 4 percent, Thursday to settle at $66.73 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange." [Based on: News Services article (Oil prices tumble), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Pakistan - July 3rd, 2009: "At least one person was killed and 28 injured in Pakistan when a suicide bomber riding a motorbike rammed into a government bus carrying workers from a nearby nuclear enrichment laboratory, government officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Suicide blast in Pakistan), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - U.S. Offensive / Afghanistan - July 3rd, 2009: "[....] One Marine was killed and several others were injured or wounded on the first full day [07/02/09] of the assault, the largest military operation in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001. [....] The Pentagon is deploying 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in time for the elections and expects the total number of U.S. forces there to reach 68,000 by year's end. That is double the number of troops in Afghanistan in 2008 but still half as many as are now in Iraq. [....] Officials described the offensive, involving almost 4,000 newly arrived Marines and more than 600 Afghan security forces, as the largest and fastest-moving of the war's new phase. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (First casualties reported / One Marine is killed and several others are injured during assault on Taliban strongholds in southern regions.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

*Trivia: "Backlash shifts Afghan allegiance to Taliban / Analysis - Offensive by U.S. Marines is up against not only the insurgency but villagers angry over violence from foreign forces." [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Carlotta Gall, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - Saddam interviews reveal misjudgement - July 3rd, 2009: "[....] The inspectors, he [Saddam Hussein] feared, 'would have directly identified to the Iranians where to inflict maximum damage to Iraq,' he told the FBI. [NP] Saddam told the FBI that if United Nations sanctions against his country had been lifted, Iraq would have sought a security agreement with the United States to protect it from Iran. [NP] The summaries of 20 formal interviews and five additional 'casual conversations,' as his captors called them, all between February and June 2004, were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive, a private research group at George Washington University. They were posted Monday [06/29/09] on the archives' website, nsarchive.org. [....] Obsessed with Iran, with which Iraq had fought a devestating eight-year war in the 1980s, Saddam did not take seriously the demands from President George W. Bush that he prove he had no unconventional weapons. [NP] 'We did not appreciate how large the threat of Iran loomed in his thinking,' Duelfer [Charles A. Duelfer, a veteran intelligence official who led the hunt for unconventional weapons in Iraq in 2004.'] said. [NP] In the interviews, Saddam described Osama bin Laden as a 'zealot' and denied that Iraq had any substantive ties to al-Qaida. Both that claim, and the assertion that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, were later confirmed by American intelligence agencies. [NP] 'The interviews show the United States had many policy options short of war,' said Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National Security Archive." [Based on: New York Times article (Saddam interviews reveal misjudgement / Iraqi dictator preferred to ignore U.N. rather than appear weak to Iran, he told FBI during his captivity.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - No Sentence / Cyber-Bullying Case, Mo. - July 3rd, 2009: "[....] Drew [Lori Drew] stood trial long ago in the court of public opinion for online taunts aimed at Megan Meier - a 13-year-old rival of her daughter - who committed suicide in 2006. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Drew's judge finds no crime / As a result of tentative ruling, defendant in cyber-bullying case gets no sentence.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Gulf of California - July 3rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:00:18 (UTC) on Friday, July 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 25.465°N, 109.638°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ GULF OF CALIFORNIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009iqba.php] - [T.D. - 07/03/09]

2009 - Amnesty International condemns Israel and Hamas - July 3rd, 2009: "Amnesty International accused both Israel and the militant Hamas movement that controls Gaza of committing war crimes during the three weeks of fighting there earlier this year. The human rights group singled out what it called the 'unprecedented' scale and intensity of the Israeli onslaught and the 'unlawful' Palestinian use of rockets against Israeli civilians." [Based on: News Services article (Amnesty International condemns Israel and Hamas), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/03/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1024 - July 4th, 2009: "The most active sunspot of the year so far is emerging in the sun's southern hemisphere: movie [see link]. Sunspot 1024 has at least a dozen individual dark cores and it is crackling with B-class solar flares. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=04&month=07&year=2009]

*Trivia: "[....] Unlike other recent 'sun-specks', this active region is a full-fledged sunspot group with more than a dozen planet-sized dark cores [07/06/09], crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 07/06/09]

2009 - U.S. donates Tamiflu - July 4th, 2009: "The United States will donate 420,000 packets of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to the Pan-American Health Organization to help fight the swine flu pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, federal health officials said Thursday [07/02/09]. Argentina, Brazil, Chile and other countries are experiencing rapid increases in serious cases and deaths as the winter flu season sets in. The United States has about 52 million courses of antiviral drugs in its stockpiles." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. donates Tamiflu), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/04/09]

2009 - U.S. Vice President / Iraq - July 4th, 2009: "[....] 'Biden's visit [this weekend] sent the signal to us that Iraq will be divided,' he [Mohammed Kathem?] said. 'Biden's background doesn't allow him to play any role in reconciliation.' [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Biden's visit to Baghdad proves to be divisive issue / Vice president's previous call for autonomy among Sunni, Shiite and Kurd groups in Iraq prompts flag-burning protests in the street.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/04/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Panama - July 4th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:49:36 (UTC) on Saturday, July 4th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 9.654°N, 78.983°W; Depth 43.1 km (26.8 miles)] was located @ PANAMA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009irak.php] - [T.D. - 07/05/09]

2009 - Victim called Tamiflu-resistant - July 4th, 2009: "Tamiflu-resistant swine flu was found in a teenager who hadn't taken the medicine, Hong Kong's health department said. It is the first known case of Tamiflu resistance in a swine flu patient not treated with the drug, which has been stockpiled by governments worldwide to fight pandemic influenza. The specimen was collected from a 16-year-old girl who flew from San Francisco." [Based on: News Services article (Victim called Tamiflu-resistant), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/04/09]

2009 - Decision to Resign / Sarah Palin - July 4th, 2009: "For Palin, what's next? / Surprise decision to resign [announced 07/03/09] fuels speculation of 2012 presidential bid." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/04/09]

2009 - Missle Launchings / North Korea - July 4th, 2009: "N. Korea shoots off 2 missles ['two short-range missles that appeared to be Scud missles'] / Launchings on July 4th are seen as a political attack on the United States ['North Korea fired four short-range missles off the east coast on Thursday.']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/04/09]

*Trivia: "North Korean missle flurry [a total of seven ballistic missles] stirs more ire / Saturday's launching was biggest one-day barrage since July 4, 2006." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/05/09]

2009 - Diprivan / Michael Jackson's Home - July 4th, 2009: "Anesthetic is found in home of pop star [Michael Jackson], official reports [07/03/09] / The sedative [Diprivan, also known as Propofol] is used in operating rooms to induce unconsciousness and is given intravenously." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/04/09]

2009 - Cyber Attacks / U.S. & South Korea - July 8th, 2009: "Cyber attack [that began July 4th] knocks out federal websites [The Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation Department websites were all down at varying points over the holiday weekend and into this week'] / South Korea also was struck; events may be linked." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Lolita C. Baldor, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/08/09]

*Trivia: "[....] The North Korea link, described by three officials, more firmly connected the U.S. attacks to another wave of cyber assaults that hit government agencies Tuesday [07/07/09] in South Korea. [....]" [Based on:  A.P. article (N. Korea eyed as source of cyber assault / Potent attack targeted dozens of private, government sites, underscores uneven readiness.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

*Trivia: "Hackers extracted files from computers they contaminated with the virus that triggered cyber attacks last week in the United States and South Korea, police said Tuesday [07/14/09], a sign that they tried to steal information." [Based on: News Services article (Cyber attack extracted data), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/15/09]

2009 - South Korea wants vaccines for 13 million - July 4th, 2009: "South Korea plans to secure enough swine flu vaccine to immunize 13 million people, or 27 percent of the nation's population, the health ministry said." [Based on: News Services article (South Korea wants vaccines for 13 million), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/04/09]

2009 - Iranian clerics refute election in defiance of supreme leader - July 5th, 2009: "The most important group of religious leaders in Iran has called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate, an act of defiance against the country's supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country's clerical establishment." [Based on: New York Times article (Iranian clerics refute election in defiance of supreme leader), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/05/09]

2009 - Died / Robert McNamara - July 6th, 2009: "Robert McNamara dies at age 93 [07/06/09] / Defense secretary in Vietnam era eventually ruled the decision to send troops to war." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S., Israel, Iran - July 6th, 2009: "Plunging squarely into one of the most sensitive issues in the Middle East, Vice President Joe Biden suggested Sunday [07/05/09] that the United States would not stand in the way of Israeli military action aimed at the Iranian nuclear program. [NP] The United States, Biden said in an interview broadcast on ABC's 'This Week,' 'cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do.' [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Biden says U.S. would not block Israeli raid on Iran / Vice president says 'sovereign nation' has right to attack nuclear program.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/06/09]

*Trivia: "President Barack Obama said Tuesday [07/07/09] that his administration had 'absolutely not' given its blessing for an Israeli attack on Iran. Vice President Joe Biden created a stir Sunday by suggesting that the United States would stand aside if the Israelis wanted to attack." [Based on: News Services article (Biden's words on Iran clarified by Obama), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/08/09]

2009 - Brain-Computer Interface Technology - July 6th, 2009: "It sounds like something from a science fiction movie: Sensors are surgically inserted in the brain to understand what you're thinking. Machines that can speak, move or process information - based on the fleeting thoughts in a person's imagination. [....] The research is a component of 'Brain-Computer Interface Technology,' which decodes brainwaves in a certain part of the brain. Computers are then programmed to understand those signals and perform an action accordingly. [NP] But so far, only signals for imagined actions have been decoded. Moving on to decoding speech will make communication to computers from the mind easier. [....] Because patient testing would require surgery, children with epilepsy are given the chance to participate because they already have similar equipment placed in their brains that also locate electric signals in the brain. [....] A biomedical engineering doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adam Wilson, 28, has already adapted the existing BCI technology to allow people to use Twitter without their hands. [....] The Twitter application, however, is less invasive than what Washington U. [Mo.] researchers are using. Unlike the implanted brain sensors, the ones Wilson used are less sensitive to brain signals, but can be placed atop the head like a swim cap. Those sensors are being tested by five to 10 people with disabilities at home, allowing them to tell their caretakers that the room is too hot, for example, Wilson said. [....]" [Based on: Article (Computers may be able to 'read' thoughts / BCI - Sensors detect, decode brainwaves; computers are programmed to perform an action accordingly.) by Liz Stoever, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 07/06/09]

2009 - Prime Minister Boiko Borisov? / Bulgaria - July 6th, 2009: "Bulgarian opposition [Boiko Borisov] wins [07/05/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/06/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - July 6th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:53:12 (UTC) on Monday, July 6th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 50.488°N, 176.984°E; Depth 22 km (13.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009itaz.php] - [T.D. - 07/08/09]

2009 - New Lows / U.S. Oil - July 7th, 2009: "Oil falls to five-week lows ['Benchmark crude for August delivery fell $2.67 - or 4 percent - to $64.05 a barrel in afternoon trading ....']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 7th, 2009: "Stocks ended mostly lower as drops in prices for oil and other commodities spurred worries that demand for basic materials remains weak. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.30, or 0.3 percent, to 898.72." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Profit Drop / U.S. Earnings - July 7th, 2009: "Earnings are expected to fall by a third in second quarter / The estimates call for a 34 percent drop in profits, but the drop for next quarter is expected to slow to 21 percent, data show." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Overdraft Fees / U.S. Debit Cards - July 7th, 2009: "Debit cards rack up big overdraft fees / Banks let customers spend more than accounts hold, then charge penalties." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Baffin Bay - July 7th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:11:45 (UTC) on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 75.325°N, 72.312°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ BAFFIN BAY."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009iubh.php] - [T.D. - 07/08/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Russia - July 7th, 2009: "[....] The two sides agreed [07/06/09] to resume military contacts  suspended after the Georgia war and sealed a deal allowing the United States to send thousands of flights carrying troops and weapons to Afghanistan through Russian airspace each year. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Obama OKs deal to cut nuclear arms / He and Russian counterpart agree to lower stockpiles by at least a quarter.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Trivia / Stem Cell Research, U.S.A. - July 7th, 2009: "New rules on stem cells [released Monday - 07/06/09] / Changes will allow older lines to be eligible for funding." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - 7 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan - July 7th, 2009: "7 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan [07/06/09] / It's the deadliest day for U.S. forces since July 13, 2008, when 10 soldiers died." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Removed U.S.-Israeli Talks / Avigdor Lieberman - July 7th, 2009: "Avigdor Lieberman: I removed myself from talks ['... from crucial talks with the United States because he lives in a West Bank settlement ....']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Protection Against Electronic Harassment / Wichita, Kansas - July 7th, 2009: "The courts finally have spoken: In Kansas, it's no longer legal to harass a person by blasting him with secret electromagnetic energy weapons. [NP] At least it's no longer legal to do that to James Walbert of Wichita. [NP] Mr Walbert, a self-described inventor, asked for a legal order of protection against a former business partner whom he claimed had 'stalked myself and family members with electronic and microwave devices.' [....] One, FFCHS daily Harassment Log, described Mr. Walbert's court order [12/30/08] as the 'first official recognition of the need to protect citizens against electronic harassment.' [NP] A New York Times story last November quoted mental health experts who worry that such websites reinforce delusional thinking. [NP] Also quoted is Mr. Guest. In 2007, he asked Missouri lawmakers to investigate claims of people like Mr. Walbert. 'I believe there are people who have been targeted, he said. [NP] And that the truth is out there some where. Way, way out there." [Based on: Article (That little voice inside your head / Our view - Missouri lawmaker explores the farthest frontiers of science.), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 07/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 8th, 2009: "Investors sent stocks sliding after another drop in oil prices dashed hopes for a speedy economic recovery. The Dow Jones industrial average posted its lowest close since late April. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 17.69, or 2 percent, to 881.03." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/08/09]

2009 - Drone Airstrike / Pakistan - July 8th, 2009: "Drone airstrike [07/07/09] kills at least 16 in Pakistan [South Waziristan tribal region]" [Based on:  Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/08/09]

*Trivia: "The United States conducted two drone missle strikes in Pakistan's South Waziristan region Wednesday [07/08/09], killing at least 45 people, in the latest example of expanded direct American support for Pakistan's military offensive against key insurgent leaders. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Attacks seem OK by Pakistan / Two U.S. airstrikes on domestic enemies indicate cooperation.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

2009 - Growing Again / Sunspot 1024 - July 8th, 2009: "Yesterday, sunspot 1024 took the day off; the fast-growing active region stopped growing and even decayed a little. Today, the sunspot is growing again: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 07/08/09]

2009 - Taliban on the Move? / Afghanistan - July 8th, 2009: "Taliban escape U.S. offensive / Insurgents have moved to different areas [to the west and north of Helmand province] of the country, Afghan officials say." [Based on:  Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/08/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southeast of Easter Island - July 8th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:23:37 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 36.040°S, 102.450°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009ivbj.php] - [T.D. - 07/08/09]

2009 - Car Bombs / Iraq - July 9th, 2009: "Bombs ['car bombs in two Shiite villages'] kill 16 ['and injured more than two dozen'] in Iraq ['authorities said']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 9th, 2009: "Stocks finished mostly lower after zigzagging Wednesday [07/08/09] as the International Monetary Fund gave a mixed outlook on the economy and commodity prices fell, adding to a downbeat mood. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 1.47, or 0.2 percent, to 879.56." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

2009 - Consumer Credit / U.S.A. - July 9th, 2009: "Consumers trimmed borrowing in May for the fourth straight month as the recession took another bite out of investments and drove unemployment higher. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday [07/08/09] that consumer credit fell at an annual rate of 1.5 percent, or by $3.2 billion, from April. Economists expected a deeper cut of $9.5 billion. The savings rate jumped to 6.9 percent in May, the highest since December 1993." [Based on: A.P. article (Consumer credit falls again), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Gerald Leuders - July 9th, 2009: "Passport peeker [Gerald Leuders] sentenced" [Based on:  Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

2009 - Status / Canadian Nuclear Reactor - July 9th, 2009: "A Canadian nuclear reactor that produces much of the world's radioactive isotopes will be shut down until late this year, the company that owns the reactor said. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. shut down the reactor in May because of a heavy-water leak and had scheduled to reopen it in three months." [Based on: News Services article (Canadian reactor closes), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Switzerland - July 9th, 2009: "Swiss will bar UBS from obeying U.S. order on financial data" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/09/09]

2009 - Moderate Earthquake / Yunnan, China - July 9th, 2009: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 11:19:16 (UTC) on Thursday, July 9th, 2009. The magnitude 5.7 event [Location: 25.636°N, 101.082°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ YUNNAN, CHINA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009iwar.php] - [T.D. - 07/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 10th, 2009: "Stocks edged up as investors put money into banking and industrial stocks as well as commodities. Weary investors felt encouraged by better-than-expected results from aluminum maker Alcoa. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 3.12, or 0.4 percent, to 882.68." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - El Nino Returns - July 10th, 2009: "El Nino grips world's weather again ['Government scientists said Thursday' - 07/09/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Breast Cancer Trivia - July 10th, 2009: "One in three breast cancer patients identified in public screening programs may be treated unnecessarily, a new study says. [....] Some cancers never cause symptoms of death, and can grow too slowly to ever affect patients. And it is impossible to distinguish between those and deadly cancers, any identified cancer is treated. But the treatments can have harmful side-effects and be psychologically scarring. [....] The research was published today in the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal. Jorgensen [Karsten Jorgensen] and Gotzs [Peter Gotzsche] did not cite any funding for their study. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Too much breast cancer treatment? / Wherever more women are screened, some will get unnecessary therapy, study finds.) by Maria Cheng, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Arctic Sea Ice Thinning? - July 10th, 2009: "New NASA satellite measurements show that sea ice in the Arctic is more than just shrinking in area, it is dramatically thinning. The volume of older crucial sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk by 57 percent from the winter of 2004 to 2008. That's losing more volume of ice than water in Lake Michigan. NASA scientist Jay Zwally said global warming is to blame." [Based on: News Services article (Sea ice thinning), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombings / Iraq - July 10th, 2009: "U.S. military authorities on Thursday [07/09/09] released four Iranian diplomats it had held prisoner for the last two years as anti-government insurgents staged mass bombings for a second consecutive day, killing dozens and wounding about 100. [....] Thursday's bombing attacks occurred in three cities and underscored Iraq's continued vulnerabilities to extremists, now that the U.S. has withdrawn its combat forces from the country's major cities. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (U.S. frees four Iranian envoys it had held in Iraq / Insurgents stage mass bombings for a second day running, killing dozens.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Downdraft Doomed Fossett - July 10th, 2009: "Downdraft ['a mountain downdraft'] doomed Fossett [Steve Fossett], report says ['the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.' - 07/09/09]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Matthew L. Wald, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Pigs found with ebola virus - July 10th, 2009: "A form of ebola virus has been dectected in pigs for the first time, raising concerns it could mutate and threaten humans, scientists report. Reston ebolavirus has been seen only in monkeys and humans previously and, unlike other types of ebola, it is not known to cause illness in people." [Based on: News Services article (Pigs found with ebola virus), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Debt Threat Trivia / U.S.A. - July 10th, 2009: "[....] After assembling $700 billion to deal with the problem, the government is devoting a relatively modest $30 billion to buy troubled mortgage-backed securities. With that on the back burner, the big threat to the economy is now believed to be troubled credit card, commercial real estate and commercial industrial debt. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Bad mortgages go on government's back burner now / Big threat is believed to be troubled credit card, commercial real estate debt.), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Offensive Stance? / Swine Flu - July 10th, 2009: "Swine flu vaccinations could begin in October with children among the first in line - at their local schools - the Obama administration said Thursday [07/09/09] as the president and his Cabinet urged states to figure out now how they will tackle the virus' all-but-certain resurgence. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Offensive stance for fall's swine flu / Vaccine studies are set to start next month with schools first in line, health officials say. Hospitals will be offered grants to prepare for surge in cases.) by Lauran Neergaard, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Commercial Real Estate / U.S.A. - July 10th, 2009: "Commercial real estate time bomb ticks / Delinquency rates on commercial loans have doubled in the last year, and funding has virtually shut down." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Back on Streets / Iranian Protestors - July 10th, 2009: "Iranian protestors back in streets [07/09/09] / They use 10-year anniversary of bloody student unrest ['at Tehran University in 1999'] to resume outcry against election results." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Monkeys better off with fewer calories - July 10th, 2009: "A 20-year study found cutting calories by almost a third slowed the aging of monkeys and fended off death, researchers reported their study today [07/10/09] in the journal Science. [NP] Scientists have long known they could increase the life span of mice and more primitive creatures such as worms and flies with deep, long-term cuts from normal food consumption. Now comes the first evidence that such reductuions delay the diseases of aging in primates, too." [Based on: News Services article (Monkeys better off with fewer calories), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Retailers fall short of dismal expectations - July 10th, 2009: "[....] The same-store sales tally for June by the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs was down 5.1 percent from June 2008, worse than the latest forecast for a 4.5 percent decline. The results were below the average decline of 4.4 percent seen since February, the start of retailer's fiscal year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Retailers fall short of dismal expectations), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Bottled Water Ban / Bundanoon, Australia - July 10th, 2009: "Australian town [Bundanoon] bans bottled water [07/08/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - False Reports Common? / Ovarian Cancer Screening - July 10th, 2009: "False results are common among the only screening technologies available for ovarian cancer, a disease that killed an estimated 15,500 women last year in the United States, according to a report published in Thursday's [07/09/09] New England Journal of Medicine. 'It's not the message people want to hear,' said Dr. Daniel L. Clarke-Pearson, the author of the report and the chairman of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill department of Obsterics and Gynecology." [Based on: News Services article (Ovarian cancer screening questioned), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Underground Rumblings? / San Andreas Fault, California - July 10th, 2009: "Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857. Some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major temblor." [Based on: News Services article (San Andreas Fault is rumbling), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 11th, 2009: "Stocks hit their longest losing streak since the market's spring rally began in early March. With unrelenting worries over the economy, many investors stayed on the sidelines. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 3.55, or 0.4 percent, to 879.13." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/11/09]

2009 - Wiretaps Mystery? / U.S.A. - July 11th, 2009: "[....] The White House's reliance on a 'single DOJ attorney' to draft the first series of memos justifying the program 'was extraordinary and inappropriate,' the report said. [NP] Jay Bybee, then the assistant attorney general overseeing the Office of legal Council and Yoo's boss, told investigators he wasn't informed about the program and was later 'surprised' to learn through news accounts of Yoo's involvement. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Wiretaps mystery: Did they work? / CIA never tried to judge effectiveness in war on terrorism, report says.), by Marisa Taylor, pp. A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 07/11/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Syria - July 11th, 2009: "Israel will not withdraw from the entire Golan Heights in return for a peace deal with Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top policy adviser said, rejecting Syria's key demand for an agreement. The two countries could split the territory, suggested Uzi Arad, Netanyahu's national security adviser." [Based on: News Services article (Israel says it won't withdraw), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/11/09]

2009 - U.S. Missle Strike? / Northwest Pakistan - July 11th, 2009: "A suspected U.S. missle strike hit a Taliban communications center in northwest Pakistan, killing at least three people and wounding three more, intelligence officials said. The attack was the fifth in two weeks attributed to U.S. unmanned drone aircraft targeting Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and his network of militants." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. launches fifth missle attack), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/11/09]

2009 - Cheney's secret CIA program surfaces - July 12th, 2009: "Cheney's secret CIA program surfaces / Intelligence committees just found out about it; Panetta ended it last month [June 23rd, 2009]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Scott Shane, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Peru - July 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:12:47 (UTC) on Sunday, July 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 14.990°S, 70.421°W; Depth 201.6 km (125.3 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHERN PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009izaj.php] - [T.D. - 07/13/09]

2009 - Colorado Fireball - July 13th, 2009: " 'A fireball of magnitude -10 (about 250 times brighter than Venus) lit up central Colorado at 2:28 a.m. MDT on July 13th,' reports astronomer Chris Peterson of Guffey, Colorado. 'It was very slow, lasting at least 5.5 seconds.' Triangulating sightings from Colorado and New Mexico, he estimates that the meteoroid was 'only 50 km high and traveling about 15 km/s. The fairly low altitude and low velocity mean this fireball might have produced meteorites. [....]' "

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 07/13/09]

2009 - Churches in Iraq are attacked - July 13th, 2009: "A car bomb exploded near a church as worshippers left Sunday Mass [09/12/09], killing at least four civilians and injuring 18 in one of several attacks on Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority. [....]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Churches in Iraq are attacked / At least 4 are killed and 18 injured in a coordinated series of blasts in Baghdad.), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 07/13/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Taiwan Region - July 13th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:05:02 (UTC) on Monday, July 13th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 23.997°N, 122.177°E; Depth 24.7 km (15.3 miles)] was located @ TAIWAN REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jabu.php] - [T.D. - 07/13/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 14th, 2009: "Rising financial stocks propelled the stock market to its biggest one-day gain in six weeks after influential banking analyst Meredith Whitney raised her rating on Goldman Sachs Group. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 21.92, or 2.5 percent, to 901.05." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/14/09]

2009 - Budget Deficit / U.S.A. - July 14th, 2009: "The U.S. budget deficit topped $1 trillion for the first nine months of the fiscal year and broke a monthly record for June as the recession subtracted from revenue and the government spent to rejuvenate the economy. [NP] The shortfall for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 totaled a record $1.1 trillion, the Treasury said in Washington. The excess of spending over revenue for June was $94.3 billion, the first deficit for that month since 1991, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Budget gap for year tops $1 trillion / June record - Deficit of $94.3 billion was first for the month since 1991.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/14/09]

2009 - Exxon Mobil to invest in biofuels - July 14th, 2009: "Exxon Mobil Corp. today is expected to announce an investment of $600 million in producing liquid transportation fuels from algae - organisms in water that range from pond scum to seaweed. The biofuel effort involves a partnership with Synthetic Genomics, a biotechnology company founded by the genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter." [Based on: New York Times article (Exxon Mobil to invest in biofuels), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 15th, 2009: "Mixed economic data left the market zigzagging all day. Investors were pleased that Goldman Sachs Group's second-quarter earnings beat expectations, but the overall gains were modest. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 4.79, or 0.5 percent, to 905.84." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/15/09]

2009 - Shuttle Launch / U.S.A. - July 15th, 2009: "Shuttle [Endeavour] launches [07/15/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Off West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand - July 15th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 09:22:29 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. The magnitude 7.6 event [Location: 45.750°S, 166.577°E; Depth 12 km (7.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jcap.php] - [T.D. - 07/16/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea - July 15th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:10:44 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 3.418°S, 150.424°E; Depth 19.5 km (12.1 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jcbt.php] - [T.D. - 07/16/09]

2009 - Wikinews - July 16th, 2009: http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:2009/July/16

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 16th, 2009: "Investors are finally getting  the news they've been craving. Strong earnings and an upbeat forecast from Intel and a more favorable take on the economy from the Federal Reserve pulled investors into the stock market. The S&P 500 rose 3 percent to 932.68." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - "Goo" / Alaska Coast - July 16th, 2009: "Goo ['It's thick and dark and "gooey" '] found off Alaska [later identified as algae]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - More Bombings / Iraq - July 16th, 2009: "Bombs kill 11 in Iraq" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Missle Defense / Israel - July 16th, 2009: "A homegrown Israeli missle defense system performed well in its first live trial, bringing down a short-range rocket similar to those used by Palestinian and Lebanese militants, an official said." [Based on: News Services article (Israel tests missle defense system), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Hacked Again / Twitter - July 16th, 2009: "Twitter is penetrated again by a hacker ['For the third time this year ....']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Health Care Reform? / U.S.A. - July 16th, 2009: "Senate comittee passes [13-10] health care reform bill [07/15/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Britain Creates Supreme Court - July 16th, 2009: "Britain creates Supreme Court ['The country's new Supreme Court opens on Oct. 1']" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Research targets chemical in plastics - July 16th, 2009: "A chemical [Bisphenol A] commonly used in plastics causes damage to reproductive systems in mice, according to new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [....] In one sample from 2004, the federal Centers for Disease Control and prevention found BPA in the urine of 93 percent of the 2,517 Americans who were tested. Women generally had higher BPA levels than men, the testing showed. [NP] The structure of BPA is similar to the steriod hormone called estradiol. The BPA, like estradiol, can attach to estrogen receptors on cells. The BPA may then block or stimulate the effects of estrogen. [NP] In the study on mice, researchers found that the chemical harms the cells, follicles and hormones necessary for ovulation. [NP] 'These are the only follicles that are capable of ovulating and so if they don't grow properly, they're not going to ovulate and there could be fertility issues,' Flaws [veterinary biosciences professor Jodi Flaws] said in a statement. [NP] The hormones are not only required for reproduction, but also contribute to bone and heart health. [NP] Researchers found that BPA affected follicle growth in the mice in two days following an exposure. About a week after a heavy exposure, the levels of the hormones progesterone, testosterone and estradiol were lowered by nearly 100 percent. [NP] Federal health officials have said humans are not exposed to the high levels of BPA that have been shown to be harmful in animals. But the 2008 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also said the previous research does cause concern for exposure to fetuses, infants and children. [NP] The Illinois scientists said their research suggests possible problems for adults, including infertility issues." [Based on: Article (Research targets chemical in plastics / In the lab - Study at University of Illinois finds Bisphenol A harms reproductive systems in mice.) by Blythe Bernhard, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Secret CIA effort was aborted but reborn - July 16th, 2009: "As CIA director in 2004, George Tenet terminated a secret program to develop hit teams to kill al-Qaida leaders, but his successors resurrected the plan, according to former intelligence officials. [....] Porter Goss, who replaced Tenet in 2005, restarted the program, the former officials said. [NP] By the time Michael Hayden succeeded Goss as CIA chief in 2006 the effort was again flagging because of practical challenges. [NP] CIA Director Leon Panetta drove the final stake into the effort in June after learning about the program. He called an emergency meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence committees the next day, informing lawmakers about the program and saying that as vice president, Dick Cheney had directed the CIA not to inform Congress about the operation. [....] Another former official said that the CIA's reliance on foreign intelligence services and on drone-launched missle strikes proved over time to be less risky yet effective in targeting al-Qaida chiefs for death or capture. President George W. Bush authorized the killing of al-Qaida leaders in 2001. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Secret CIA effort was aborted but reborn) by Pamela Hess and Adam Goldman, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Settlement / Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp - July 16th, 2009: "Drug makers Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. will pay $5.4 million to settle a multistate investigation that they delayed the release of test results casting doubt on the effectiveness of two blockbuster cholesterol drugs. The companies settled with attorneys general from 35 states, including Missouri and Illinois, and the District of Columbia. The study compared Zetia and Vytorin with Zocor, a drug that is one of Vytorin's ingredients." [Based on: A.P. article (Drug makers will pay to settle), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/16/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Off West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand - July 16th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:18:22 (UTC) on Thursday, July 16th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 46.166°S, 166.135°E; Depth 21.8 km (13.5 miles)] was located @ OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jdcj.php] - [T.D. - 07/16/09]

2009 - Civil Unrest / Israel - July 17th, 2009: "Ultra-Orthodox Jews ['who make up a third of Jerusalem's residents'] continue clashes with Israeli authorities" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 17th, 2009: "Technology shares pulled the market higher again, a day after stocks surged on a strong forecast from chip maker Intel. The tech-heavy Nasdaq advanced for the seventh straight day. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 8.06, or 0.9 percent, to 940.74." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - FBI agents off limits - July 17th, 2009: "A federal judge in New York says airlines and other companies in the industry that are being sued by terrorism victims can't question FBI agents about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. [NP] The defendants wanted to depose the agents and sought access to other evidence related to the investigation of the attacks that killed 3,000 people to show at trial that the government's failure to catch the terrorists and stop the attacks mitigates and excuses any alleged fault on the aviation companies' part." [Based on: News Services article (FBI agents off limits), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - Died / Walter Cronkite - July 17th, 2009: "Walter Cronkite, welcomed into living rooms, dies at 92 ['The cause was complications of dementia, said Chip Cronkite, his son.] / CBS anchor earned trust amid turbulence, triumphs." [Based on: Title for New York Times  article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/18/09]

2009 - DNA Database / Greece - July 17th, 2009: "Greece allows DNA database" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - Typhoon Molave / Phillipines - July 17th, 2009: "[....] About the time that QuikSCAT acquired this image [see link] of Tropical Storm Molave over the Philippines, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated the storm’s maximum sustained winds to be about 110 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour or 60 knots). [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39463]

2009 - U.N. Sanctions / North Korea - July 17th, 2009: "U.N. sanctions North Korea" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - Plan to add Soldiers / U.S. Army - July 17th, 2009: "Pentagon's plan would reinforce Army by 30,000 / Military cites a growing number of wounded, stressed soldiers." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - Hotel Bombs / Jakarta, Indonesia - July 17th, 2009: "Bombs at 2 hotels [today] kill at least 9 in Jakarta" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - E. Coli Trivia / Lake of Ozarks, Mo. - July 17th, 2009: "Nixon [Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon] decries [07/15/09] E. coli secret / He calls DNR wrong to withold report showing high levels [May 2009] in Lake of Ozarks." [Based on: Article title, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - Moonwalk Video / Restored Version? - July 17th, 2009: "NASA releases [07/16/09] restored version of moonwalk video" [Based on: Title for nyt.com article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/17/09]

2009 - Old Man Dies - July 18th, 2009: "Man [Henry Allingham] dies at 113 [07/18/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 07/19/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 18th, 2009: "Stocks ended little changed but held onto an enormous rally,. Investors are looking to another flood of earnings reports next week to provide more signs that the economy is healing. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 0.36, or less than 0.1 percent, to 940.38." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/18/09]

2009 - Jobless Rate / U.S.A. - July 18th, 2009: "Jobless rate hits 10 percent in 15 states [07/17/09] / National rate is expected to follow before easing slightly next year." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/18/09]

2009 - Satellite failed to separate - July 18th, 2009: "A piece of rocket hardware failed to separate during the launch of a NASA climate satellite earlier this year, causing it [?] crash back to Earth, according to an accident summary released." [Based on: News Services article (Satellite failed to separate), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/18/09]

2009 - Missing Soldier on Video - July 19th, 2009: "Soldier missing in Afghanistan [Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl] appears on Taliban video ['posted Saturday to a website by the Taliban']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 07/19/09]

2009 - Jupiter Impact - July 20th, 2009: "Scientists have found evidence that another object has bombarded Jupiter, exactly 15 years after the first impacts by the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. [....] Following up on a tip by an amateur astronomer, Anthony Wesley of Australia, that a new dark 'scar' had suddenly appeared on Jupiter, this morning [07/20/09] between 3 and 9 a.m. PDT (6 a.m. and noon EDT) scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., using NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, gathered evidence indicating an impact. [NP] New infrared images show the likely impact point was near the south polar region, with a visibly dark 'scar' and bright upwelling particles in the upper atmosphere detected in near-infrared wavelengths, and a warming of the upper troposphere with possible extra emission from ammonia gas detected at mid-infrared wavelengths. [....]"

[Based on: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/jup-20090720.html]

2009 - AIDS Vaccine / South Africa - July 20th, 2009: "S. Africa testing [beginning this month] AIDS vaccine made there" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/20/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Israel & West Bank - July 20th, 2009: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to make 'economic peace' with the Palestinians, and the first fruits are already being seen in eased Israeli restrictions that are stoking a retail and entertainment boom in the West Bank. [NP] But where it counts - in industry, exports, investments - Netanyahu still has a way to go. [....] But after almost a decade trapped in a web of checkpoints, walls and fences, many Palestinians are suspicious that Netanyahu's 'economic peace' is a way of dodging international pressure to recognize Palestinian statehood and stop expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank. [NP] 'Israel wants to do a charm offensive, and they want to try to keep away the pressure that is being put on them,' said Economics Minister Bassem Khoury. [....] 'Let us make peace, diplomatic and economic peace,' Netanyahu said in an appeal to Palestinian President Mahamoud Abbas last week. However, Abbas says he won't sit down with the Israeli leader unless he freezes settlements. [....] The IMF says that for the Palestinian economy to grow steadily, Israel must ease up not just within the West Bank but at the territory's crossings into Israel and Jordan where cumbrous security checks seriously slow the flow of Palestinian exports." [Based on: A.P. article (West Bank economy growing / Israel eases some rules, but Palestinians question motives, say changes not enough.), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/20/09]

2009 - Flooded Toilet / International Space Station- July 20th, 2009: "Astronauts deal with flooded toilet [07/19/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/20/09]

2009 - President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz / Mauritania - July 20th, 2009: "Mauritania coup chief [Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz] wins vote [07/19/09] amid fraud claims" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/20/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - July 21st, 2009: "[....] The display was sparked by a solar wind stream which hit Earth's magnetic field on July 21st. The ensuing geomagnetic storm registered 6 on the 0 to 9 K-index scale of geomagnetic activity. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=22&month=07&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 21st, 2009: "Signs of strength in several corners of the economy are helping extend the stock market's rally. Stocks rose on upbeat earnings reports and other news. A 1.2 percent gain pushed the Dow Jones industries back into the black for the year, with a close of 8,848.15." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/21/09]

2009 - Pfizer Acquisition / Wyeth - July 21th, 2009: "[....] More than 98 percent of Wyeth stockholders voted [07/20/09] for the $68 billion acquisition, which will solidify Pfizer's standing as the top-selling drug maker in the world. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Wyeth shareholders approve sale to Pfizer), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/21/09]

2009 - CIA cited in effort to shield an agent  - July 21st, 2009: "[....] The eavesdropping suit was brought by a former agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Richard Horn, who says his home in Rangoon, Myanmar, was illegally wiretapped by the CIA in 1993. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (CIA cited in effort to shield an agent / Judge denies renewed requests by agency to continue to keep the case secret.) by Nedra Pickler, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/21/09]

2009 - Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian fields - July 21st, 2009: "More than 30 Israeli settlers, some of them on horseback, set fires to fields and olive trees and stoned Palestinian cars in a rampage in the West Bank on Monday [07/20/09], a Palestinian official said. Two Palestinians were injured. The settlers went on the rampage near the city of Nablus to protest the Israeli army's removal of an unauthorized settlement outpost in the area." [Based on: News Services article (Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian fields), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/21/09]

2009 - SmartStax Corn Approval / U.S. & Canada - July 21st, 2009: "[....] So-called SmartStax corn was jointly developed by Monsanto and Dow under a 2007 agreement. The companies plan to begin commercial sales for 3 million to 4 million acres next year. [....] " [Based on: article (Monsanto, Dow get OK for new biotech corn), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/21/09]

2009 - Volcanic Activity / Shiveluch Volcano, Russia - July 21st, 2009: "Shiveluch Volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula produced a small lava flow as a cloud floated overhead on July 21, 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39474]

2009 - Record Solar Eclipse - July 22nd, 2009: "On Wednesday, July 22nd, the Moon eclipsed the midday sun over China. 'The temperature dropped from 96.6 F to 88.5F at totality,' reports Donald Gardner from Huangshan. 'The roosters were crowing and the streetlights came on!' He took this picture [see link] of a sun-sliver beaming through lunar mountains: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 07/22/09]

*Links: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=23&month=07&year=2009
              http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/090720-solar-eclipse-july-22-missions.html

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 22nd, 2009: "The stock market rose on more good earnings news, extending a weeklong rally. Investors also digested a mixed report from Fed chief Ben Bernanke, who said the economy is still on track to recover this year, but slowly. The S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent to 954.58." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/22/09]

2009 - Early Settlements Trivia / Cyprus - July 22nd, 2009: "July 22 (Bloomberg) - Archaeologists in Cyprus found evidence that inhabitants of the Mediterranean island may have abandoned a nomadic lifestyle for agriculture-based settlements earlier than previously believed. [NP] The excavations at the Politiko-Troullia site, near the capital Nicosia, unearthed a series of households around a communal courtyard, and proof of intensive animal husbandry and crop-processing, according to a statement today on the Web site of the Cypriot Interior Ministry’s Public Information Office. [NP] The dig revealed copper metallurgy and sophisticated ceramic technology during the middle part of the Bronze Age, or between 4,000 and 3,500 years ago, the statement said. Archaeologists had previously believed that such settlements, which went on to evolve into cities, only began developing toward the end of the middle Bronze Age. [NP] Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, is thought to have been first settled around 8,800 B.C., according to the British Museum. The findings of the digs, led by professors from Arizona State University and involving students from Cyprus, the U.S. and Canada, “open an archaeological window on the communities that provided the foundation for urbanized civilization on Cyprus” in the late Bronze Age, the statement said. [NP] The fieldwork reveals extensive evidence of the Bronze Age community that was the predecessor to the ancient city of Tamassos, founded in the subsequent Iron Age, according to the statement. In contrast with other city-states in Cyprus, there were previously no precise details about the foundation of Tamassos as an important trade city." [My brackets. NP = new paragraph. - D.R.D.]

[Based on: Archaeologynews.org article: (Cyprus Digs Reveal First Settlements May Be Older Than Thought) by Paul Tugwell - Last Updated: July 22, 2009 07:33 EDT] *Link:

http://www.archaeologynews.org/story.asp?ID=472030&Title=Cyprus Digs Reveal First Settlements May Be Older Than Thought 

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - July 22nd, 2009: "Pakistan files objection to surge in Afghan war / Officials want talks, tell U.S. that escalation will force Taliban over border into already troubled province [Baluchistan, Pakistan]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/22/09]

2009 - Sun in Leo - July 23rd, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Leo."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200907.html]

2009 - Panda Born / China - July 23rd, 2009: "Panda is born [07/23/09] in China ['after being conceived using frozen sperm']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 07/24/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 23rd, 2009: "Stocks ended mixed as traders remained hesitant to push further into the market following a weeklong surge on strong earnings reports. Investors responded to uneven corporate results. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 0.51, or 0.1 percent, to 954.07." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/23/09]

2009 - Second-Quarter Profit / Pfizer Inc. - July 23rd, 2009: "Drug giant Pfizer Inc. said second-quarter profit plunged 19 percent. Income was $2.26 billion, or 34 cents per share, compared with $2.78 billion, or 41 cents, a year ago. Revenue fell 9 percent to $10.98 billion." [Based on: Article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/23/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 24th, 2009: "Investors celebrated news of another jump in home sales by propelling the Dow industrials to their first close above 9,000 since January. The index has jumped 11 percent in only nine days as hopes grow about an economic recovery. It closed at 9,069.29 Thursday [07/23/09]" [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 07/24/09]

2009 - Public Corruption / U.S.A. - July 24th, 2009: "Three mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis were among 44 people from New York and New Jersey charged Thursday [07/23/09] in a wide-ranging federal probe of public corruption and international money laundering. [....] Early Thursday morning, dozens of agents fanned out in one of the largest roundups in state history. It was the culmination of Operation Bid Rig, an investigation the FBI said it has been conducting for 10 years. [NP] Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra said 29 of the defendants were charged in the corruption probe, 'underscoring more than ever the pervasive nature of public corruption in this state.' [NP] 'These rings, led by clergymen, cloaked their extensive criminal activities behind a fascade of rectitude,' Marra said. 'And the politicians willingly put themselves up for sale. Hundreds of thousands of bribes were paid in those places.' [....] Law enforcement personnel said the two-track probe first infiltrated a money-laundering network operating in Deal in Monmouth County, N.J., as well as in Brooklyn, with 'tens of millions of dollars' laundered through charitable, nonprofit entities controlled by New Jersey and New York rabbis. [NP] Probe ranged to Switzerland and Israel, stltoday.com/TheWire" [Based on: The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) article (Inquiry snares 44 in N.J., N.Y. / Officials, rabbis charged in FBI probes of corruption, money laundering scheme.) by John Brennan & Peter J. Sampson, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 07/24/09]

2009 - Rats made with tweaked DNA - July 24th, 2009: "Rats made with tweaked DNA / Sigma-Aldrich 'knocks out' genes to learn about human disease" [Based on: Title for Article by Gail Appleson, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 07/24/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea - July 25th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:42:24 (UTC) on Saturday, July 25th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 6.478°S, 154.930°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jmae.php]-[T.D. - 07/25/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 25th, 2009: "Investors are holding on to the stock market's recent rally. Most stocks rose Friday [07/24/09], extending a two-week jump that has added 11 percent to the stock market's major indicators. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.97, or 0.3 percent, to 979.26." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/25/09]

2009 - Resignation / Deputy President, Iran - July 25th, 2009: "Iran's deputy president resigns [07/24/09]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/25/09]

2009 - Iran threatens Israel - July 26th, 2009: "The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said his country has the capability to strike Israel's nuclear facilities and wouldn't be afraid to do so if it was attacked. 'If the Israeli entity engages in any kind of attack on Iran, we have the capability to strike all targets in occupied Palestine, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari told the Arabic-language channel, al-Alam." [Based on: News Services article (Iran threatens Israel), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 07/26/09]

2009 - Resignation / Sarah Palin - July 27th, 2009: "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has resigned from office [07/26/09], turning power over to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. In a farewell speech Sunday [07/26/09] in Fairbanks, Palin warned against big government but gave few clues about her long-term political plans." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Palin Farewell), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/27/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Chechnya - July 27th, 2009: "Suicide bomber [07/26/09] kills 6 ['and wounded at least 10 others'] in Chechnya ['the attacker tried to enter a concert hall']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/27/09]

2009 - Suicide / Kuwaiti Businessman - July 27th, 2009: "Kuwaiti [A Kuwaiti businessman linked to Citigroup - Hazem al-Braikan] charged with fraud in U.S. kills self [07/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/27/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Guinea-Bissau - July 27th, 2009: "[....] Sunday's runoff pitted veteran politicians Malam Bacai Sanha and Kumba Yala against each other in a race to succeed Joao Bernardo 'Nino' Vieira, who was assassinated in March." [Based on: News Services article (Guinea-Bissau holds runoff vote on president), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/27/09]

2009 - Nuclear-Powered Submarine / India - July 27th, 2009: "India launches nuclear-powered submarine ['Arihant' or Destroyer of Enemies - 07/06/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/27/09]

2009 - Saudis balk at Obama overture on Mideast peace - July 27th, 2009: "[....] 'It is clear that the road leads through Riyadh for the Israelis - and whoever is their backer - if they want the wider Arab and Muslim world to recognize them,' said the adviser to the Saudi government, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. 'We will not move an inch if the Americans don't get the Israelis to stop immediately all settlement construction.' [....]." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Saudis balk at Obama overture on Mideast peace), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/27/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 28th, 2009: "Stocks edged higher after zigzagging on mixed reports about the economy and earnings. Stocks are steady in part because many investors aren't retreating for fear of missing another rally. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.92, or 0.3 percent, to 982.18." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/28/09]

2009 - U.S. Dead Zone / Gulf of Mexico - July 28th, 2009: "Scientists said Monday [07/27/09] the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone measures 3,000 square miles. Earlier this year, they predicted it would be more than 8,000 square miles. The decrease in size was attributed to an unusual weather pattern that created high winds and waves, which pumped extra oxygen in the water." [Based on: Picture Caption for Illustrated Article (Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Smaller Than Expected), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/28/09]

2009 - Preferential Mortgages? / U.S. Senators - July 28th, 2009: "Two knew they got VIP deals, panel told / Democratic Sens. Dodd, Conrad have denied they were aware of getting preferential mortgages." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 07/28/09]

2009 - Israel hardens stance on a nuclear Iran - July 28th, 2009: "Israel insisted Monday [07/27/09] that it would do anything it felt necessary to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, just the ultimatim the United States hoped not to hear as it tries to nudge Iran to the bargaining table. [....] Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak used a brief news conference with Gates to insist three times that Israel would not rule out any response - an implied warning that it would consider a pre-emptive strike to thwart Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons." [Based on: News Services article (Israel hardens stance on a nuclear Iran), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/28/09]

2009 - Ponzi Sceme / St. Peters [Mo.] Stockbroker - July 28th, 2009: "[....] The financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced Monday [07/27/09] that broker Kenneth Goerge Neely took $600, 000 from at least 25 victims, claiming he would invest it in a ficticious investment club and a nonexistent real estate investment trust. [....]" [Based on: Article (Broker banned after scheme / Regulators say he took $600.000 from victims.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/28/09]

2009 - Islamist militants stage more attacks in Nigeria - July 28th, 2009: "Islamist militants seeking to impose a Taliban-style regime in northern Nigeria launched attacks Monday [07/27/09] on police in three towns, expanding a two-day campaign of violence that has killed at least 55 people, police and witnesses said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Islamist militants stage more attacks in Nigeria), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/28/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 29th, 2009: "An economic reality check is cooling the stock market's rally. A key barometer of consumer confidence and a handful of disappointing earnings reports brought reminders that an economic recovery this year is far from assured. The S&P 500 fell 0.3 percent to 979.62." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 07/29/09]

2009 - Mercury Fillings OK? - July 29th, 2009: "After more than three decades of controversy, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday [07/28/09] issued new safety guidelines for mercury-based dental fillings that reaffirn the agency's long-held position that their use isn't a serious health threat to patients. [....] More than 100 million Americans have dental amalgams that are about 50 percent liquid mercury and 20 percent to 35 percent a powdered alloy made from silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals, the FDA says. [....] 'The best available scientific evidence supports the conclusion that patients with dental amalgam fillings are not at risk for mercury-associated adverse health effects,' Runner [Susan Runner, the head of dental services at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health] said. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Mercury-based fillings are OK, FDA reaffirms / Consumer groups promise a court challenge.) by Tony Pugh, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/29/09]

2009 - Budget Bill / California - July 29th, 2009: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made additional cuts to child welfare programs, medical care for the poor and AIDS prevention efforts as he signed an $85 billion compromise spending plan that he called 'the good, the bad and the ugly.' " [Based on: News Services) article (Schwarzenegger signs budget), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 07/29/09]

2009 - Resignation / Fiji President - July 29th, 2009: "Fiji's president resigns ['will retire July 30']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/29/09]

2009 - Consumer Confidence / U.S.A. - July 29th, 2009: "[....] The confidence index fell to 46.6 down from 49.3 in June [2009] and weaker than expected. It takes a reading above 90 to signal Americans believe the economy is on solid footing. [....] Americans' lack of confidence presents a hurdle for retailers because consumer spending accounts for more than 70 percent of economic activity. Confidence had been rebounding since March [2009] after reaching historic lows. But since June, economic realities are catching up with shoppers again. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Job fears sink consumer confidence), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 07/29/09]

2009 - Cancer Risk ?/ Tanning Beds - July 29th, 2009: "Tanning beds pose danger, experts say ['The research was published online in the medical journal Lancet Oncology on Wednesday'] / new classification puts them as top cancer risk." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/29/09]

2009 - Foreign relations / U.S. & Russia - July 29th, 2009: "A Russian Foreign Ministry official said that any U.S. participation in the European Union's monitoring mission  in Georgia would be 'extremely harmful' and would increase the likelihood  that violence would flare up  in South Ossetia  and Abkhazia." [Based on: News Services article (Russia warns U.S.), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 07/29/09]

2009 - Madoff's wife sued - July 30th, 2009: "The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard Madoff's assets sued his wife, asking for nearly $45 million that he says was spent on a 'life of splendor.' " [Based on: News Services article (Madoff's wife sued), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - Taliban Guidelines? - July 30th, 2009: "A new taliban code of military conduct that tells fighters to limit suicide attacks and avoid killing civilians is a sham that doesn't reflect the true nature of the insurgents, NATO and Afghan officials said Wednesday [07/29/09]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Taliban guidelines called sham), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 30th, 2009: "Stocks had their fourth straight day of incremental moves as commodity prices slid and orders for big-ticket manufactured goods fell, injecting more economic uncertainty into the market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4.47, or 0.5 percent, to 975,15." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Moldova - July 30th, 2009: "Pro-Europe parties won enough combined votes to defeat Moldova's ruling Communist Party in national elections, raising the likelihood that the impoverished ex-Soviet republic will move closer to the west." [Based on: News Services article (Change in Moldova), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - Third-Quarter Profit / Visa Inc. - July 30th, 2009: "Visa Inc. said third-quarter profit jumped 72 percent, as recent cost-cutting helped offset declining volume. The world's largest electronic payment network reported income of $729 million, or 97 cents per share, up from $422 million, or 51 cents, a year ago. Revenue rose 2 percent." [Based on: Article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Iran & Bolivia - July 30th, 2009: "Iran's top diplomat in Bolivia says the Islamic republic has approved a $280 million low-interest loan for President Evo Morales' government to use as it sees fit." [Based on: News Services article (Iran lends money to Bolivia), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - 10-Year Deal / Microsoft & Yahoo - July 30th, 2009: "Microsoft, Yahoo agree on partnership ['announced Wednesday' - 07/29/09] / They hope 10-year deal will strengthen challenge to Google, which is likely to fight back with upgrades." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - U.S. warns U.K. not to release report on detainee - July 30th, 2009: "The United States will restrict intelligence-sharing with the U.K. if a British court reveals portions of a ruling detailing a former Guantanamo Bay detainee's treatment, a government lawyer said." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. warns U.K. not to release report on detainee), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 07/30/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - July 31st, 2009: "The stock market is close to locking in its best July in 20 years. Stocks added to an already impressive run as another round of earnings reports gave investors new reasons to be optimistic. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 11.60, or 1.2 percent, to 986.75." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 07/31/09]

2009 - Endeavor Has Landed - July 31st, 2009: "Space shuttle Endeavour is back on Earth. The shuttle landed at Kennedy Space Center this morning at 10:49 EDT, completing a two week mission to the International Space Station. During their visit to the ISS, the crew installed the porch-like Japanese Exposed Facility. When science experiments need a dose of hard vacuum or radiation, astronauts can now set them 'out on the porch' for exposure. The next shuttle launch is scheduled for Aug. 23rd."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=31&month=07&year=2009]

2009 - U.S. Sanctions / North Korea - July 31st, 2009: "N. Korean firm [Korea Hyoksin Trading Corp.] sanctioned [07/30/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/31/09]

2009 - Kite-Flying Record / Gaza Strip - July 31st, 2009: "Palestinian children fly kites Thursday [07/30/09] along the beach during a U.N.-sponsored summer camp in Gaza City. Thousands of children in the Gaza Strip broke the world record for kite-flying." [Based on: AFP/ Getty Images picture article caption, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 07/31/09]

2009 - Second-Quarter Profit / Mastercard Inc. - July 31st, 2009: "Mastercard Inc. booked a profit of nearly $350 million during the second quarter, exceeding expectations. The company earned $348.9 million, or $2.67 per share, compared with a loss of $746.7 million, or $5.70, a year ago. Revenue climbed 3 percent." [Based on: Article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 07/31/09]

2009 -  U.S. spending big on alternative medicine - July 31st, 2009: "Americans spend more than one-tenth of their out-of-pocket health care dollars on alternative medicine, according to the first national estimate of such spending in more than a decade. [NP] Chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and herbal remedies are commanding significant consumer dollars as people seek high-touch care in a high-tech society, the report released Thursday [07/30/09] by the government shows. [NP] Altogether, consumers spent an estimated $34 billion on those and other alternative remedies in 2007, the report found. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. spending big on alternative medicine), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 07/31/09]

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