Historical Timeline

Calendar Months

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

August 2008

2008 - Astronomic Configuration - August 1st, 2008: "Sun [9 Leo], Moon [7 Leo], Mercury [12 Leo], Venus [23 Leo], Mars [18 Virgo], Jupiter [14 Capricorn R.], Saturn [7 Virgo], Uranus [22 Pisces R.], Neptune [23 Aquarius R.], Pluto [28 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [19 Aquarius R.]." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200808.html]

2008 - Trivia / Exercise Pill? - August 1st, 2008: "[....] In experiments on mice that did no exercise, the chemical compound known as AICAR allowed them to run 44 percent farther on a treadmill than those that did not receive the drug. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Exercise of the future? Open bottle; swallow pill), p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2008: "Stocks fell Thursday [07/31/08], capping a second monthly drop for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, after economic growth trailed forecasts, jobless claims rose to a five-year high and Exxon Mobil Corp.'s profit missed analysts' estimates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Growth report and jobless claims push market down), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - More Fighting / Pakistan - August 1st, 2008: "PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN / Mortar shell kills family ['of seven']; militants torch school [07/31/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - Solar Eclipse / Europe & Asia - August 1st, 2008: "Earlier today, ordinary sunbeams in Europe and Asia shape-shifted, suddenly taking the form of crescents. That's what happens during a solar eclipse. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/01/08]

2008 - Farm Prices Increase / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2008: "FARM PRICES / Crops, livestock up 16% ['this year']" [Based on: Article title, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - Bank Borrowing Rises / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2008: "[....] A Fed report released Thursday [07/31/08] said commercial banks averaged $17.5 billion in daily borrowing over the last week. That compared with $16.4 billion in the previous week. [NP] For the week ending July 30, it says Wall Street firms averaged $3 million in daily borrowing. In the prior week, the companies didn't draw such loans." [Based on: Article (FEDERAL RESERVE / Bank borrowing rises), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - King George Tupou V / Tonga - August 1st, 2008: "George Tupou V was crowned as the 23rd king of Tonga on Friday [08/01/08] in an elaborate ceremony that many expect will usher in a new, more democratic era for the South Pacific nation." [Based on: Article (Tongan king), p A21, S.L.P.D., 08/02/08]

2008 - Record Profit / Exxon Mobil Corp. - August 1st, 2008: "Exxon Mobil profit is biggest ever ['$11.7 billion for the second quarter'] / Stock drops almost 5 percent, though, as results are seen as disappoiinting." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by John Porretto, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - Breakthrough / Stem Cell Research - August 1st, 2008: "Reaching a milestone in stem cell research, scientists at Harvard and Columbia universities reported Thursday [07/31/08] that they created the first stem cell lines from a sick person, then coaxed these cells to become nerve cells genetically matched to those that had gone bad in a patient's spinal cord. [NP] In a paper published online in the journal Science, the team claimed success at creating in the laboratory a plentiful supply of cells that have the same genetic makeup as a patient with a particular disease. [NP] The work was done with patients suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, but the researchers said the same technique can be used to study many other genetic diseases. [NP] By comparing diseased cells to normal cells in a Petri dish, scientists hope to better understand what causes disease and test new drugs." [Based on: News Services article (Breakthrough achieved in stem cell research), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - Guilty Plea / Ex-Engineered Support CFO - August 1st, 2008: "Backdating snags another / Ex-Engineered Support CFO [Gary Gerhardt] pleads guilty [07/31/08], will repay $1.8 million." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for article, p B1, S.L.P.D., 08/01/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 2nd, 2008: "Stocks fell Friday [08/01/08], adding to two months of losses for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, after results at General Motors Corp. disappointed investors and oil prices jumped. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (General Motors results help add to S&P 500 loss string), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 08/02/08]

2008 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - August 2nd, 2008: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 Aug 2008 at 01:40:38 AM GMT is: $9,587,650,191,045.59. The estimated population of the United States is 304,464,803 so each citizen's share of this debt is $31,490.18. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.88 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. - 08/02/08]

2008 - Roadside Bombs / Eastern Afghanistan - August 2nd, 2008: "KABUL, AFGHANISTAN / 5 NATO soldiers killed [08/01/08] by roadside bombs [eastern Afghanistan]" [Based on: Article title, p A21, S.L.P.D., 08/02/08]

2008 - Chapter 7 Filing / IndyMac Bancorp Inc. - August 2nd, 2008: "INDYMAC BANK / It's a Chapter 7 filing" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p A34, S.L.P.D., 08/02/08]

2008 - FDIC Control / First Priority Bank, Florida - August 2nd, 2008: "FIRST PRIORITY BANK [of Bradeton, Fla.] / FDIC assumes control [said Friday]" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p A34, S.L.P.D., 08/02/08]

2008 - Possible Nuclear Leak / U.S. Submarine, Japan - August 2nd, 2008: "The U.S. Navy has warned that a nuclear submarine [USS Houston] may have had radioactive leaks during recent port calls [March & April] in Japan's south [Sasebo & Okinawa], the country's Foreign Ministry said Today [08/02/08]" [Based on: Article (TOKYO / Japan warned of possible nuclear leak from US sub), p A21, S.L.P.D., 08/02/08]

2008 - AIDS Cases / U.S.A. - August 3rd, 2008: "[....] The country had roughly 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006 - about a 40 percent increase from the 40,000 annual estimate used for the last dozen years. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Number infected by AIDS is higher than estimated), p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/03/08]

2008 - Infighting / Hamas & Fatah - August 3rd, 2008: "Hamas forces battled Fatah-linked fighters with mortars and machine guns in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Saturday [08/02/08], leaving at least nine dead in the worst Palestinian infighting in nine months." [Based on: News Services article (Gaza battle), p A15, S.L.P.D., 08/03/08]

2008 - Afghan Deaths / Southern Afghanistan - August 3rd, 2008: "A road mine blasted a bus carrying a wedding party in southern Afghanistan on Saturday [08/02/08], killing 10 civilians, a police official said." [Based on: News Services article (Afghan deaths), p A16, S.L.P.D., 08/03/08]

2008 - Murder Charge / Two U.S. Soldiers, Iraq - August 3rd, 2008: "The U.S. military in Baghdad says two American soldiers have been charged with murder and obstruction of justice in the killing of an Iraqi detainee." [Based on: News Services article (Soldiers accused), p A16, S.L.P.D., 08/03/08]

2008 - Temple Panic / India  - August 4th, 2008: "145 are killed in temple panic [Naina Devi Temple] / Rumor of a landslide at the mountaintop shrine in India apparently led pilgrims to rush down path ['Tens of thousands of worshippers had flocked to the remote temple ... to celebrate Shravan Navratras, a nine day festival that honors the Hindu goddess Shakrti, or divine mother.']" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/04/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Banda Sea - August 4th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:45:13 (UTC) on Monday, August 4th, 2008. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 5.909°S, 130.214°E; Depth 173.1 km (107.6 miles)] was located @ BANDA SEA." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008vhb2.php] - [T.D. - 08/06/08]

2008 - Death Confirmed? / Militant leader - August 4th, 2008: "Top militant leader [Abu Khabab al-Masri] is killed [07/28/08], al-Qaida says [08/03/08] / Pakistani officials say they believe he perished in an airstrike near the border region [in South Waziristan]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/04/08]

2008 - Plutonium Leak / IAEA Lab, Austria - August 4th, 2008: "A buildup of pressure caused a plutonium leak Sunday [08/03/08] in a storage room at the International Atomic Energy Agency's laboratory in Austria, the IAEA said. No one was working when the incident happened at 2:30 a.m. in the lab, in Seibersdorf. There was no evidence that any radioactive material was released to the environment, the United Nations agency says." [Based on: News Services article (SEIBERSDORF, AUSTRIA / Plutonium leak reported in room at IAEA lab), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/04/08]

2008 - Global Dow - August 5th, 2008: "Dow Jones will launch two new indexes, the Global Dow and a blue chip index for India, News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch announced Monday [08/04/08] in India's financial capital, Mumbai. [NP] The Global Dow will track the performance of a diverse basket of stocks, including companies from emerging markets, like India, and emerging industries. [NP} Wall Street Journal editors will select the components of the Global Dow, as they now do with the Dow Jones industrial average, which tracks 30 of the largest U.S. public companies." [Based on: Article (DOW JONES INDEXES / Global, India are added), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/05/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 5th, 2008: "Stocks retreated for a third day Monday [08/04/08] as falling fuel prices sent energy shares to a six-month low, overshadowing gains in consumer companies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Falling fuel prices hammer energy; market slides again), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 08/05/08]

2008 - 3-Month Low / Oil, U.S.A. - August 5th, 2008: "OIL / Price falls to 3-month low ['briefly tumbling below $120 a barrel' - 08/04/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/05/08]

2008 - Assassinated / Syrian General - August 5th, 2008: "A sniper assassinated a senior Syrian general close to president Bashar Assad, according to reports Monday [08/04/08] in a Saudi paper and websites for a Syrian opposition figure. [NP] A sniper on a yacht killed Brig. Gen. Mohammed Suleiman at a beach resort in the norther port city of Tartous, said the website of an exiled Syrian disident, Abdul-halim Khaddam. The site said the general handled intelligence files and was a close Assad associate. [....] " [Based on: News Services article (Sniper reportedly kills a key Syrian general), p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/05/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.N. & Iran - August 5th, 2008: "Six major world powers [Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia & the United States] agreed Monday [08/04/08] to seek new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program after the country failed to meet a weekend deadline to respond to an offer intended to defuse the dispute, the United States said. [....] Meantime, Iran announced on Monday - two days after the deadline expired - that it has tested a new weapon capable of sinking ships nearly 200 miles away. Tehran reiterated threats to close a strategic waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf if attacked. Up to 40 percent of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passage along Iran's southern coast. Iran has warned it could shut down tanker traffic there if attacked - a move likely to send oil prices skyrocketing. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article  (6 nations to seek new sanctions against Iran) by Matthew Lee, p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/05/08]

2008 - Tropical Storm Kammuri / China - August 5th, 2008: "Poised offshore of southern China on August 5, 2008, Tropical Storm Kammuri was a ragged-looking spiral of clouds with only the hint of an eye when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed over head and captured this image. On the day of the image, Kammuri’s winds strengthened from 35 to 45 knots (from 40 to about 52 mph). By August 6, winds had reached 50 knots, and the storm was headed for landfall over Hong Kong, in southern China’s Guangdong Province. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14999&src=map]

2008 - Storm, Tornado Threats / Chicago - August 5th, 2008: "[....] The Chicago Department of Aviation says more than 400 flights have been canceled due to weather at O'Hare International Airport." [Based on: News Services article (Storm, tornado threats loom over Chicago area), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/05/08]

2008 - Border Raid / Xinjiang Province, China - August 5th, 2008: "Attack heightens security [08/04/08] / Sixteen Chinese police officers die in border raid in restive province [Xinjiang province]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article , p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/05/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Sichuan-Gansu Border Region, China - August 5th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:49:18 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 32.735°N, 105.514°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REGION, CHINA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008via2.php] - [T.D. - 08/06/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 6th, 2008: "Stocks rallied the most ['The Dow Jones industrial average rallied 331.62 to 11,615.77.'] since April on Tuesday [08/05/08] as oil retreated to a three-month low and the Federal Reserve predicted inflation will ease through next year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Fed's bet, falling oil boost biggest rally since April), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - 11 Hackers Charged / U.S.A. - August 6th, 2008: "The Department of Justice announced Tuesday [08/05/08] that it had charged 11 people in connection with the hacking of nine major U.S. retailers ['including TJX Cos, BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, Forever 21 and DSW.'] and the theft and sale of more than 40 million credit-and debit-card numbers [going back five years?]." [Based on: News Services article (11 charged with hacking credit card information), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Tropical Storm Edouard / Texas - August 6th, 2008: "By August 6, 2008, Tropical Storm Edouard had come ashore in Texas. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14997&src=map]

2008 - Navy F/A-18 Order / Boeing Co. - August 6th, 2008: "[....] Delivery of the aircraft will be completed by January 2012, and more than half of the work on the jets will be done in St. Louis and in El Segundo, Calif., the statement said. Boeing's F/A-18 deliveries rose 4.8 percent to 44 jets last year, and its defense sales of $32.1 billion accounted for 48 percent of total revenue of $66.4 billion." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Boeing wins $659 million Navy order for F/A-18 jets), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & North Korea - August 6th, 2008: "President George W. Bush said today that North Korea has much to do before the U.S. can remove it from the terrorist blacklist, but he raised hope that its pariah status as a member of the 'axis of evil' could someday be a thing of the past. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush isn't ready to embrace N. Korea / In visit to South Korea, he says nation must agree to nuclear verification program.) by Ben Feller, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Fee Hike Announcement? / Fannie Mae - August 6th, 2008: "[....] Fannie Mae will double the fee it charges lenders and borrowers to 0.50 percent from 0.25 percent beginning Oct. 1. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (FANNIE MAE / Fee hike may hit borrowers), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - "The Way of the World" / Ron Suskind - August 6th, 2008: "Two former CIA officers Tuesday [08/05/08] denied thay they or the spy agency faked an Iraqi intelligence document purporting to link Saddam Hussein with  9/11 bomber Mohammed Atta, as they are quoted as saying in a new book. [NP] The White House issued the statement on behalf of the former officials after a day of adamant denials from the CIA and President George W. Bush's administration about the claim, made in 'The Way of the World,' a book by Washington-based journalist Ron Suskind. [....] Suskind claims the White House concocted the fake letter, meant to come from Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, director of Iraqi intelligence under Saddam, in the fall of 2003 to bolster its case for the invasion earlier that year as it was becoming clear that there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found in Iraq. Those weapons were a chief rationale for the war. The letter was provided to a British journalist by an Iraqi government official, according to the book. 'The White House had concocted a fake letter from Habbush to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001,' Suskind wrote, 'It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq thus showing, finally, that there was an operational link between Saddam and al-Qaida, something the vice president's office had been pressing CIA to prove since 9/11 as a justification to invade Iraq. There is no link.' [....] Former CIA Director Tenet also rejected Suskind's allegation that the U.S. had credible intelligence before the invasion that Saddam did not possess weapons of mass destruction. [NP] In a statement, Tenet also denied CIA involvement in the supposedly fake letter. [NP] Suskind told The Associated Press that the criticisms from the White House and Tenet 'is not credible on this issue' and the White House 'is all but obligated to deny this.' " [Based on: A.P. article, (Ex-CIA agents deny saying they faked letter / BOOK'S CLAIM * The U.S. faked letters suggesting Iraq, al Qaida link) by Brett J. Blackledge p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Disposal Estimate / U.S. Nuclear Waste - August 6th, 2008: "Even if no new reactors are built, getting rid of the country's nuclear waste will cost $96.2 billion and require a major expansion of the planned Nevada waste dump beyond limits imposed by Congress, the Energy Department said Tuesday [08/05/08]. [....] The program also has become more expensive because Yucca will have to accept more waste than had been anticipated because current reactors are being allowed to operate longer, he [Ward Sproat] said." [Based on: News Services article (Estimate grows on cost of nuclear waste dump), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Trivie / Morgan Stanley, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac - August 6th, 2008: "The Treasury Department said Tuesday [08/05/08] that it had hired investment firm Morgan Stanley to help the government assess the risks facing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (FANNIE AND FREDDIE / Morgan Stanley is hired), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Child Labor Violations / U.S. Kosher Plant, Iowa - August 6th, 2008: "Iowa labor officials said Tuesday [08/05/08] that they had uncovered dozens of child labor violations at the nation's biggest supplier of kosher meat. [NP] Officials from the state's Labor Commissioner's Office said their investigation, which spanned several months, uncovered 57 cases of child labor law violations at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, where nearly 400 workers were arrested this spring in the largest immigration enforcement operation in U.S. history. [NP] Thee types of violations included minors working in prohibited occupations, exceedijng allowable hours for youths to work, failure to obtain work permits, exposure to hazardous chemicals and working with prohibited tools. [NP] Juda Engelmayer, an Agriprocessors spokesman, declined to comment." [Based on: News Services article (DES MOINES, IOWA / Child labor violations found at kosher plant), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Electronic & Toxic Waste / Dumped in Poor Countries? - August 6th, 2008: "Greenpeace called on the world's electronics companies Tuesday [08/05/08] to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations' gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite laws prohibiting it. [NP] The environmental watchdog made the appeal in a new report on the electronic waste trade, which it said was spreading from Asia to West Africa - particularly Ghana, where discarded TVs and computers that contain toxic materials are being dismantled  by children as young as 5. [NP] Many of the old computers, monitors and television sets that end up in Ghana come from the European Union, despite laws there prohibiting the export of such hazardous materials, Greenpeace said." [Based on: News Services article (Electronics firms are asked to ban toxins in products), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/06/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 7th, 2008: "Stocks " [Based on: Bloomberg News article (), p. A, S.L.P.D., 08/07/08]

2008 - Summer Recess / Iraqi Parliament - August 7th, 2008: "Iraqi Parliament fails to pass election law / Lawmakers go on break [08/06/08] without reaching accord to make way for provincial elections." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/07/08]

2008 - Ousted Presdident / Mauritania - August 7th, 2008: "President [of Mauritania] ousted by army commanders [08/06/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/07/08]

2008 - Partial Acquittal / Bin Laden Driver - August 7th, 2008: "Bin Laden driver receives partial acquittal [08/06/08] / Acquitted of conspiracy, he is found guilty of supporting terrorism." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/07/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 8th, 2008: "Stocks fell the most in a week on Thursday [08/07/08] after American International Group Inc.'s unexpected loss dragged down financial shares and Wal-Mart stores Inc.'s forecast for slower sales growth sent retailer's shares lower. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (AIG and Wal-Mart push stocks to lowest in a week), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Monsoon Rains / India - August 8th, 2008: "Monsoon rains regularly swell rivers in northern India, but in 2008, the Kosi, a tributary of the Ganges and a major river in its own right, did something different. It burst through its banks to flow into a channel it had abandoned more than 200 years ago, reported the Times of India. The flooded channel swept over a region not accustomed to flooding and forced more than a million people from their homes. [....] On August 8, the braided channels of the Kosi River curved westward out of Nepal in a 'c' shape before flowing into the Ganges .... On August 24, the Kosi cut due south, bypassing the previous arc formed by the river’s modern channel. The flooded channel was kilometers wide in places. Water still flowed through the modern channel on August 24, but the river seemed smaller than it had two weeks earlier. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15026&src=map]

2008 - Settlement / Citigroup Inc. - August 8th, 2008: "Citigroup Inc. will buy back more than $7 billion in auction-rate securities and pay $100 million in fines as part of settlements with federal and state regulators, who said the bank marketed the investments as safe despite liquidity risks. [....] Similar steps to buy back auction rate securities from customers are expected to be taken by other financial institutuions. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Citigroup will buy back $7 billion in auction-rate securities, pay fines), p B3, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - U.S. Death Toll / Afghanistan - August 8th, 2008: "The deadliest three months for American forces in Afghanistan have pushed the U.S. death toll to at least 500, forcing a war long overshadowed by Iraq back into the headlines. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. death toll spikes in Afghanistan), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Light Term / Bin Laden Driver - August 8th, 2008: "Bin Laden driver gets light term [08/07/08] / With credit for time served, he'll be eligible to return home early next year in a sentence viewed as a rebuke of the U.S. government." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Trivia / Large Hadron Collider - August 8th, 2008: "[....] The $3.8 billion Large Hadron Collider, under construction since 2003 and in planning for years before that, will recreate [next month] the rapidly changing conditions in the universe a split second after the so-called big bang." [Based on: News Services article (GENEVA), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Sentenced / Ex-Owner, Refco Inc. - August 8th, 2008: "The former owner of one of the world's biggest commodities brokerages was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday [08/07/08] for a fraud that cost investors more than $2 billion. [....] Prosecutors said Grant [Tone N. Grant] conspired with former CEO Phillip Bennett and others to transfer debts to accounts that made it seem as if they were debts owed to Refco. Bennett was sentenced last month to 16 years in prison." [Based on: Article (REFCO / Ex-owner gets 10 years), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Questions Remain / Anthrax Case - August 8th, 2008: "Questions remain in anthrax inquiry / Two in Congress seek hearings on investigation and want a more-detailed release of documents." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Ethanol Reduction Rejected / U.S.A. - August 8th, 2008: "EPA rejects call to reduce ethanol in fuel [08/07/08]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Trust Case / Native American Indians - August 8th, 2008: "A federal judge ruled Thursday [08/07/08] that American Indian plantiffs are entitled to $455 million in a long-running trust case, a fraction of the $47 billion they wanted. [NP] The lawsuit - filed on behalf of a half-million American Indians and their heirs - claims they were swindled out of billions of dollars in oil, gas, grazing, timber and other royalties overseen by the Interior Department since 1887." [Based on: News Services article (American Indians to get $455 million in case), p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

*Trivia: "The General Allotment Act Also known as the 'Dawes Act,' this act was designed to break up the collective ownership of Indian lands by requiring Indians to identify themselves by means of a 'blood quantum' code. Under the act, 'full-blood Indians' received the deeds to land parcels over which the U.S. government exercised control for twenty-five years, and 'mixed-blood Indians' received 'patents in fee simple' - basically land rental agreements - and were forced to accept U.S. Citizenship. As a result of the act’s implementation, the United States acquired over 100 million acres of Native American land between 1887 and 1934."

2008 - Trash Keeps Piling Up / Hawaiian Island Chain - August 8th, 2008: "[....] Ocean currents are still bringing an estimated 57 tons of garbage and discarded fishing gear to the 10 islands and the waters surrounding them each year. Endangered monk seals are still being snared and coral reefs smothered by discarded fishing nets. Albatrosses are still feeding on indigestible plastic and feeding it to their young. [NP] Debris removal, meanwhile, has fallen to 35 tons a year since the islands became a monument, about a third of the 102 tons that boats and divers collected on average before that, including junk that was already there. [NP] And the Bush administration slashed the debris cleanup budget from the $2.1 million spent in 2005, requesting only $400,000 a year through 2008. [NP] Bush now wants an extra $100,000 for removing the smorgasbord of lighters, plastic bottles, refrigerators and fishing nets that litter the islands' beaches and get snagged on its reefs. But the total amount he would spend in 2009 is still only about 25 percent of what was being spent four years earlier. Congress last year added $352,000 to the $400,000 requested by the president for cleaning up Papahanaumokuakea. [....] Steve Thur, acting coral program director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which manages the monument with the state of Hawaii and Fish and Wildlife Service, acknowledges that the government is collecting less. [NP] Thur said the administration's budget requests were based on a faulty annual debris accumulation estimate of 28 tons. New research has shown double that amount floats into the monument each year." [Based on: A.P. article (Trash keeps piling up in island chain), p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Detainess Abuse Trivia / Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - August 8th, 2008: "[....] Military police logs for cell blocks at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, show that guards used the program - dubbed the 'frequent flyer' program in official documents - on numerous detainees and noted the program in their 2003 and 2004 records. The logs, reviewed by the Washington Post, also indicate that the frequent cell movements took place on the same days a Navy admiral was visiting Guantanamo to assess possible detainee abuses. [....] One 'cell transfer schedule' for detainee 519 - Maher Rafat al-Quwari - shows that he was moved six times a day for 12 days in July 2003, with a four-hour interrogation session in the middle. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Banned tactic used on detainees / Program called 'abusive' by military investigators was used to cause sleep deprivation as punishment.), p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/08/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Sumatra, Indonesia - August 8th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:37:43 (UTC) on Friday, August 8th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 3.921°S, 101.085°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008vlak.php] - [T.D. - 08/09/08]

2008 - Died / Bernie Mac - August 9th, 2008: "[....] Mac [Bernie Mac] died Aug. 9 at age 50 of what his publicist said were complications from pneumonia. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Thousands pay tribute to Bernie Mac), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/17/08]

2008 - U.N. Sanctions / Iran - August 9th, 2008: "[....] The new EU restrictions [08/08/08] go slightly beyond existing U.N. trade sanctions and are designed to deny public loans or export credits to companies trading with Iran. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (EU tightens sanctions against Iran in standoff), p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/09/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 9th, 2008: "Stocks rose Friday [08/08/08], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to the largest weekly gain since April ['The Dow Jones industrial average rose 302.89 to 11,734.32'], as retailers, manufacturers and transportation companies rallied on speculation lower commodity prices will boost profits. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Falling commodity prices help market post big gains), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 08/09/08]

2008 - Settlement / UBS AG - August 9th, 2008: "[....] UBS will repurchase all $18.6 billion of the securities it sold and pay a fine of $150 million as part of an investigation led by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo into whether banks misled customers about the safety of the securities. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (UBS will buy back securities), p A32, S.L.P.D., 08/09/08]

2008 - Oil Prices Down / U.S.A. - August 9th, 2008: "Oil drops ['to $115 a barrel' - 08/08/08], sending pump prices down" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A34, S.L.P.D., 08/09/08]

2008 - Russian Forces / Georgia - August 9th, 2008: "Russia dispatched an armored column into South Ossetia on Friday [08/08/08] after Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally, launched a surprise offensive to crush separatists in the breakaway enclave. Witnesses said hundreds of civilians were killed. [....] The rebels seek to unite with North Ossetia, which is part of Russia. [....]" [Based on: article (Russia sends forces into S. Ossetia), p A22, S.L.P.D., 08/09/08]

2008 - Adulterous Affair / John Edwards - August 9th, 2008: "Former presidential candidate John Edwards, who won nationwide praise and sympathy as he campaigned side-by-side with his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, admitted in shame Friday [08/08/08] he had an affair with a woman [Rielle Hunter] who produced videos for his campaign. [....] Acknowledging a sex scandal he had dismissed as 'tabloid trash' only last month, Edwards said he had told his wife and family long ago, but 'I had hoped that it would never become public.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Edwards admits adulterous affair), p A20, S.L.P.D., 08/09/08]

2008 - Settlement / Lockheed Martin Corp. - August 9th, 2008: "Lockheed Martin Corp. will pay $4 million to settle federal charges that it took unauthorized steps to sell missles overseas ['United Arab Emirates during 2003 and 2004'] and revealed classified information ['to a UAE Air Force officer'], according to an agreement released Friday [08/08/08]. [....] The sale was never completed." [Based on: Article (LOCKHEED MARTIN / Federal settlement will cost $4 million), p A32, S.L.P.D., 08/09/08]

2008 - 29th Olympiad / Beijing, China - In 2008, the Summer Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China.  

2008 - Strong Earthquake / West of Macquarie Island - August 9th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:01:49 (UTC) on Saturday, August 9th, 2008. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 60.568°S, 153.766°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008vmas.php] - [T.D. - 08/14/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / West of Macquarie Island - August 9th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 16:36:37 (UTC) on Saturday, August 9th, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 60.847°S, 154.171°E; Depth 13 km (8.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/at00829979.php] - [T.D. - 08/09/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Stream - August 10th, 2008: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole [see link]. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=10&year=2008&view=view] 

2008 - Suicide Car Bomb / Iraq - August 10th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / U.S. blames al-Qaida for attack [Tal Afar - 08/08/08] that killed 25" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A14, S.L.P.D., 08/10/08]

2008 - Released / Ford FBI Files - August 10th, 2008: "Former President Gerald R. Ford secretly advised the FBI that two of his fellow members on the Warren Commission doubted the FBI's conclusion that John F. Kennedy was shot from the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas, according to newly released records from Ford's FBI files. [....] That Ford served as the FBI's eyes and ears inside the commission has been known for years. Ford also was known as an outspoken proponent of the bureau's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy acting alone." [Based on: A.P. article (Ford conferred with FBI on JFK case, files show / New records state he advised agency about Warren Commission's discussions.), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/10/08]

2008 - Tourist Slain / China Olympics - August 10th, 2008: "U.S. man [Todd Bachman] dies in knife attack [08/08/08] / * FATHER-IN-LAW OF AN OLYMPIC COACH IS SLAIN, WIFE HURT AT TOURIST SITE" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/10/08]

2008 - More Explosions / Western China - August 10th, 2008: "URUMQI, CHINA / Western China [Xinjiang region] hit again [08/10/08] by explosions" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A14, S.L.P.D., 08/10/08]

2008 - Landslides & Floods / North Vietnam - August 10th, 2008: "Landslides and floods killed at least 62 people in northern Vietnam, covering the homes of some victims as they slept, disaster officials said Saturday [08/09/08]." [Based on: News Services article (Vietnam floods), p A14, S.L.P.D., 08/10/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Andaman Islands, India Region - August 10th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:20:31 (UTC) on Sunday, August 10th, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 11.051°N, 91.841°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008vnan.php] - [T.D. - 08/14/08]

2008 - More Attacks / Iraq - August 11th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / At least 13 are killed in attacks across Iraq [08/10/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/11/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Bolivia - August 11th, 2008: "Bolivians stand by president in recall [08/10/08] / Unofficial, partial referendum results show that more than 63 percent of voters support Evo Morales." [Based on: Title  & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/11/08]

2008 - Expanding Conflict / Georgia - August 11th, 2008: "Russia expands fighting in Georgia [08/10/08]; 2,000 dead" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/11/08]

2008 - U.S. Tourist Fatality / Guatemala - August 11th, 2008: "GUATEMALA CITY / American tourist [Daniel Perry Dryden] is hacked to death [08/10/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/11/08]

2008 - Propane Plant Explosion / Canada - August 11th, 2008: "TORONTO / Propane plant blast [08/10/08] forces major evacuation" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/11/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge - August 11th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:38:39 (UTC) on Monday, August 11th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 11.051°N, 91.841°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008vpb8.php] - [T.D. - 08/14/08]

2008 - Cash Shortage / Gaza - August 12th, 2008: "A severe cash shortage gripped Hamas-controlled Gaza on Monday [08/11/08] as tens of thousands of people were unable to withdraw money from banks. Israel promised to transfer more money to Gaza today." [Based on: News Services article (Cash shortage), p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Trivia / Fat vs. Thin - August 12th, 2008: "A new study ['appearing in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine'] suggests that a surprising number of overweight people - about half - have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while an equaly startling number of trim people suffer from some of the ills associated with obesity. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Health risks in thick and thin) by Lindsey Tanner, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 12th, 2008: "Stocks rose Monday [08/11/08], adding to biggest weekly rally since April, after oil's drop below $115 a barrel boosted retailers and credit card companies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Credit cards and retailers get boost from falling oil), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Global Warming Trivia - August 12th, 2008: "Recent warming has plants heading for the hills / Research in Southern California suggests hotter temperatures are behind a die-off of vegetation at lower elevations." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Alicia Chang, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Comeback? / Humpback Whales - August 12th, 2008: "[....] Bill Perrin, another expert at the group known by its acronym IUCN, said the humpback whale population has risen to at least 60,000." [Based on: News Services article (Humpback whales show comeback, report says), p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - High-Interest debt / Solutia Inc. - August 12th, 2008: "Solutia Inc. plans to sell 22.3 million shares to generate cash for repaying high-interest debt. [....]" [Based on: Article (SOLUTIA / Shares will be sold), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Stricter Lending Rules / U.S. Banks - August 12th, 2008: "Survey shows loan standards tightened / 75 percent of banks have stricter lending rules for prime mortgages, Fed says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Return to Exile / Thaksin Shinawatra - August 12th, 2008: "[....] Thaksin [Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra - Thailand]  and his wife, Pojaman, failed to return to Thailand after traveling to China for the Olympics opening ceremony. Thaksin, 59, faces a slew of court cases and investigations into alleged corruption and abuse of power during his five years in office. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Ousted leader jumps bail, returns to exile), p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Suicide Bomber / Kabul, Afghanistan - August 12th, 2008: "A suicide bomber rammed his car into a NATO convoy in Kabul on Monday [08/11/08], killing three civilians and wounding at least a dozen people, including some soldiers, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Bomb attack), p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/12/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 13th, 2008: "Stocks fell Tuesday [08/12/08] for the first time in three days after JPMorgan Chase & Co. said it may post more credit losses. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Market slides as JPMorgan leads tumbling banks), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 08/13/08]

2008 - Military Contractors / Iraq - August 13th, 2008: "Congress continues to criticize use of contractors / Budget Office says taxpayers have paid at least $85 billion." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/13/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Georgia - August 13th, 2008: "Russia halts Georgia attacks / As military hostilities ease, world leaders are apt to view both countries more warily." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Chicago Tribune article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/13/08]

2008 - Oil Prices / U.S.A. - August 13th, 2008: "[....] Light, sweet crude dipped by $1.44 to settle at $113.01 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after falling as low as $112.31, a new three-month low." [Based on: News Services article (OIL / Prices slide again), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/13/08]

2008 - Reportedly Killed / Abu Saeed al-Masri - August 13th, 2008: "A leader in al-Qaida [Abu Saeed al-Masri] is reportedly killed / Reputed No. 3 man in group died in fighting, Pakistani officers say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/13/08]

2008 - Priest-Abuse Payments / Chicago Archdiocese - August 13th, 2008: "The Archdiocese of Chicago agreed Tuesday [08/12/08] to pay almost $12.7 million to 16 men and women who were sexually abused by priests. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (CHICAGO / 16 priest-abuse victims to split over $12 million), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/13/08]

2008 - Environmental Concern? / Underground Fuel Tanks, U.S.A. - August 13th, 2008: "[....] The Federal Emergency Management Agency has known since at least the 1990s that tanks under its supervision around the country could be leaking fuel into soil and groundwater, according to Associated Press interviews and research. [NP] The agency knows of at least 150 underground tanks that must be inspected for leaks, says spokeswoman Debbie Wing. FEMA also is trying to determine by September whether an additional 124 tanks are underground or above ground and whether they are leaking. [....] Many of these tanks were built to store 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel and placed around the country at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s to fuel electric generators that could sustain broadcasts by radio stations in case of a nuclear attack or other catastrophe. Made of steel, the tanks rust over time and allow fuel to escape." [Based on: A.P. article (Underground fuel tanks pose concern for FEMA), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/13/08]

2008 - Oil Riches? / Iraq - August 14th, 2008: "U.N. to help Iraq spend its oil riches" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 14th, 2008: "Stocks dropped for a second day Wednesday [08/13/08] as earnings from Deere & Co. disappointed investors, retail sales declined and Merrill Lynch & Co. said the contagion from the collapse of the subprime mortgage market is far from over. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Deere, retailers, banks give stocks a shove downward), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - U.S. Troops / Georgia - August 14th, 2008: "Bush orders U.S. troops to Georgia on aid mission [08/13/08] / Move may deter attacks, test Russia's pledge to allow relief." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Foreclosure Filings / U.S.A. - August 14th, 2008: "Foreclosure filings [U.S.A. - last month] grow by more than 50% [more than 272,000 homes]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Guilty Plea / U.S. Army Major - August 14th, 2008: "An Army major [Maj. James Momon Jr.] pleaded guilty to bribery charges Wednesday [08/13/08] and admitted he had a $5.8 million deal to steer military contracts for bottled water and other supplies to favored companies. [....] Momon, of Virginia, served as a contracting officer at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait in 2005 and 2006. [NP] Momon succeeded Maj. John C. Cockerham, who pleaded guilty in January to money laundering as part of a $9 million bribery scheme involving bottled water contracts." [Based on: News Services article (Major admits taking bribes, steering contracts), p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Killed / Aid Workers, Afghanistan - August 14th, 2008: "Three aid workers are killed [08/13/08] by Taliban" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Red Lionfish / Caribbean Waters - August 14th, 2008: "Poisonous invader [red lionfish] trolls Caribbean waters" [Based on: A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Paid by Georgia / McCain Adviser - August 14th, 2008: "McCain adviser [Randy Scheunemann] paid by Georgia" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Roadside Bomb / Tripoli, Lebanon - August 14th, 2008: "TRIPOLI, LEBANON / Bombing near bus [08/13/08] leaves 18 dead" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Diplomatic Realtions? / Lebanon & Syria - August 14th, 2008: "Lebanon, Syria OK diplomatic relations [08/13/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Killed / Arkansas Democratic Party Chief - August 14th, 2008: "Arkansas Democratic Party chief [Bill Gwatney] shot dead [by Timothy Dale Johnson - recently fired from a Target store - 08/13/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/14/08]

2008 - Inflation / U.S.A. - August 15th, 2008: "Inflation at fastest pace in 17 years" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p B1, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Oil Prices / U.S.A. - August 15th, 2008: "[....] Crude fell as low as $112.59 a barrel [08/14/08] before settling at $115.01 as traders continued to ponder Wednesday's U.S. Energy Department report on weekly fuel inventories." [Based on: Article (OIL / Weak demand cuts price), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 15th, 2008: "Stocks rose Thursday [08/14/08] for the first time in three days after a trade group loosened restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help revive the mortgage industry. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rise as Fannie, Freddie spark bank rally), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Job Cuts / Gannett Co. - August 15th, 2008: "GANNETT / 1,000 jobs eliminated" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Courtroom Prayer? / Alabama - August 15th, 2008: "An Alabama judge [Covington County Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan of Andalusia] who once wore the ten Commandments embroidered on his robe has been accused of violating judicial ethics for ordering a group in his courtroom to hold hands and pray. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Judge ordered courtroom prayer, ACLU suit says), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Suicide Bomber / Baghdad, Iraq - August 15th, 2008: "A female suicide bomber struck Shiite pilgrims south of Baghdad on Thursday [08/14/08], killing at least 17 people and wounding scores of others after the government announced new measures to protect worshippers ahead of a major religious festival. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (At least 17 worshippers dead in suicide bombing), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Libya - August 15th, 2008: "Libya and the United States settled all outstanding lawsuits by American victims of terrorism on Thursday [08/14/08], clearing the way for the full restoration of diplomatic relations. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (TRIPOLI, LIBYA / Deal reached in pending terrorism lawsuits), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Russia - August 15th, 2008: "Russia, U.S. relationship going from friendly to sour / As Moscow moves to show itself as an important power, President Bush shifts strategy from wooing to challenging Russia." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

*Trivia: "Russia: Georgia can 'forget' recovering provinces / Georgia accuses Russians of destroying commercial and religious sites outside South Ossetia." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Delayed Launch / NASA Spacecraft - August 15th, 2008: "NASA has delayed the launching of an unmanned spacecraft to the moon [from December (-08) to February (-09)] to scout for potential landing sites for astronauts." [Based on: News Services article (To the moon), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Settlement / Former Attorney, Apple Inc. - August 15th, 2008: "Ex-exec [Nancy Heinen] settles with SEC [$2.2 million - 08/14/08]" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Killed / Arkansas Democratic Party Chief - August 15th, 2008: "[....] ABC News reported Thursday [08/14/08] that tower tapes it obtained through a federal Freedom of Information Act request show that the pilot, who was having trouble controlling the pitch of the plane, told an FAA air traffic controller 'at this time we would like to declare an emergency and also have CFR (crash equipment) standing by in St. Louis.' [....] FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said news media were told that there had been no emergency because that was the initial information passed to the agency's public affairs staff by air traffic control. [....] The National Transportation Safety Board said an initial examination of the plane found no evidence of missing parts or tampering, federal investigators said Thursday. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Tapes show trouble on Obama jet), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - "Dead Zones" Multiply / U.S. Coastal Waters - August 15th, 2008: "In the latest sign of trouble in the planet's chemistry, the number of oxygen-starved 'dead zones' in coastal waters around the world has roughly doubled every decade since the 1960s, killing fish, crustaceans and massive amounts of marine life at the base of the food chain, according to a study released Thursday [08/14/08]. [NP] 'These zones are popping up all over,' said Robert Diaz, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science who led the study published online buy the journal Science. [....] Low oxygen, known as hypoxia, is a significant measure of the downstream effect of chemical fertilizers used in agriculture. Air pollution is another factor. [....] Hypoxia has been seen for decades in such places as the Chesapeake Bay, Lake Erie, the Gulf of Mexico and Long Island Sound, but Diaz's survey has found new zones in the Florida Keys, Puget Sound and tidal creeks in the Carolinas. [NP] 'We're saying that hypoxia is now everwhere, it seems,' said Diaz. 'We can say that human activities really screwed up oxygen conditions in our coastal areas.' [NP] Douglas N. Rader, chief ocean scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, said the chaos in the planet's nitrogen cycle is not only creating dead zones but also inciting the spread of toxic algae, such as the pfiesteria that has appeared in recent years in Chesapeake Bay. [NP] 'The next big challenge, after global warming, is going to be addressing the massive upset of the world's nitrogen cycle,' Rader said. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article ('Dead zones' multiply in coastal waters) by Joel Achenbach, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/15/08]

2008 - Lunar Eclipse - August 16th, 2008: "Later today, people on every continent except North America will witness a lunar eclipse. At maximum, around 2110 UT (5:10 pm EDT) on Saturday, Aug. 16th, more than 81% of the Moon will be inside Earth's shadow, producing a vivid red orb visible to the naked eye even from light-polluted cities. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 08/16/08]

2008 - Van Blast / Baghdad - August 16th, 2008: "A passenger van packed with explosives blew up Friday [08/15/08] at a bus station north of Baghdad where shiite pilgrims had stopped for the night, killing four people and wounding dozens, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Van blast kills four in Iraq), p A21, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 16th, 2008: "Stocks rose Friday [08/15/08], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a third weekly gain, as lower commodity prices boosted the outlook for consumer companies and the two largest bond insurers had their credit ratings affirmed. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Rising stocks lift S&P 500 to third weekly advance), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Gold Price Down / U.S.A. - August 16th, 2008: "[....] Prices for the precious metal - which touched $1,000 an ounce for the first time in March - have plunged in recent weeks, and on Friday [08/15/08] tumbled below $800 for the first time since late last year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (GOING DOWN ... / It's sad but true: Gold's gone cold), p A32, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Settlement / Wachovia Corp. - August 16th, 2008: "After a week of negotiations, Wachovia Corp. reached an $8.8 billion settlement with state regulators and the Securities and Exchange Commission over the sale of auction-rate securities, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Friday [08/15/08]" [Based on: Article (Wachovia settles on securities), p A31, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Not Dangerous? / Bisphenol A - August 16th, 2008: "Despite ongoing safety concerns from parents, consumer groups and politicians, a chemical used in baby bottles, canned food and other items is not dangerous, federal regulators said Friday [08/15/08]. [NP] Food and Drug Administration scientists said the trace amounts of bisphenol A that leach out of food containers are not a threat." [Based on: News Services article (FDA says chemical is not a threat to people), p A20, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - 2nd-Quarter Profit / J.C. Penney - August 16th, 2008: "J.C. PENNEY / Profits slide 36 percent" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A33, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Trained by Iran? / Iraqi Terrorists - August 16th, 2008: "Iraqi Shiite assassination teams are being trained in at least four locations in Iran by Tehran's elite Quds force and Lebanese Hezbollah, according to intelligence gleaned from captured fighters and other sources. [....] A senior U.S. military intelligence officer in Baghdad described the information on condition of anonymity." [Based on: News Services article (Iraqis reportedly being trained to kill by Iran), p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - President Fernando Lugo / Paraguay - August 16th, 2008: "Leftist ex-Bishop Fernando Lugo became Paraguay's president, ending six decades of one-party rule in a key step in the nation's democratic transformation." [Based on: News Services article (Paraguay president), p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Poland - August 16th, 2008: "A top Russian general said Friday [08/15/08] that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missle interceptor base exposes the nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons. [NP] The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the missle pact." [Based on: A.P. article (Russian general warns Poland), p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Winding Down? / Salmonella Outbreak, U.S.A. - August 16th, 2008: "The nationwide salmonella outbreak is finally winding down, but Food and Drug Administration officials can't yet say how the few tainted Mexican peppers they've found could explain such widespread illness. [NP] The outbreak strain has been confirmed in 1,423 patients." [Based on: News Services article (Salmonella outbreak is winding down), p A20, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Sentenced to Death / Former President, Chad - August 16th, 2008: "[....] A Chadian commission of inquiry concluded Habre [Hissene Habre] killed tens of thousands of political opponents during his eight years in power until he was ousted by rebels in 1990." [Based on: News Services article (N'DJAMENA, CHAD / Former president is sentenced to death), p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/16/08]

2008 - Suicide Bombing / Iraq - August 17th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / Another suicide bombing ['killed six people and wounded 10'] targets Shiite pilgrims [08/16/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A13, S.L.P.D., 08/17/08]

2008 - Heavy Storms / Europe - August 17th, 2008: "Heavy storms hit parts of Europe, killing at least six people, injuring scores and damaging houses, according to media reports Saturday [08/16/08]." [Based on: News Services article (Fatal storms), p A13, S.L.P.D., 08/17/08]

2008 - More Fighting / Souther Afghanistan - August 17th, 2008: "U.S.-led coalition soldiers killed more than 30 militants during three days of fighting in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said Saturday [08/16/08]." [Based on: News Services article (Afghan war), p A13, S.L.P.D., 08/17/08]

2008 - Eight Gold Medals / Michael Phelps - August 17th, 2008: "With a final flourish at the Water Cube [08/16/08], Michael Phelps made Olympics and sports history that almost certainly can never be surpassed by earning his eigth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics." [Based on: Article (A HISTORIC FINISH / Final relay gives Phelps record 8th gold in Beijing.), p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/17/08]

2008 - Third Term President / Dominican Republic - August 17th, 2008: "President [Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez] sworn in [for a third term - 08/16/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A13, S.L.P.D., 08/17/08]

2008 - Superfund Neighborhood? / Wildwood, Missouri - August 17th, 2008: "[....] It would be the first time in Missouri that homes had been built on a superfund site. [....]" [Based on: Article (Wildwood site can't shake its toxic past / City approved plan for subdivision, but rumors and doubts are swirling.) by Stephen Deere, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/17/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Stream - August 18th, 2008: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole [see link]. Credit: Hinode X-Ray Telescope" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=19&month=08&year=2008]

*Trivia: "What happens when a gust of solar wind hits Earth? It rattles the planetary magnetic field. That's exactly what happened yesterday, August 18th, and at a magnetic observatory in Lofoten, Norway, researcher Rob Stammes recorded the impact: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=19&year=2008&view=view]

2008 - Trivia / 1918 Flu Antibodies - August 18th, 2008: "Nearly a century after history's most lethal flu faded away, survivors' bloodstreams still carry superpotent protection against the 1918 virus, demonstrating the remarkable durability of the human immune system. [....] Researchers manipulated those antibodies into a vaccine and found that it kept alive all the mice they injected with the killer flu, according to a study published online Sunday [08/17/08] in the journal Nature. [....] But these antibodies don't just survive; they have mutated tremendously and now bind more tightly than other antibodies to disease cells. That makes them more potent, he [Dr. James Crowe] said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Blood still protects survivors of 1918 flu / People exposed to the deadly strain carry antibodies, study finds.), p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/18/08]

2008 - Dam Break / Grand Canyon - August 18th, 2008: "Scores rescued as dam breaks near Grand Canyon [08/17/08] / Some trails were washed out, but no injuries were reported." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/18/08]

2008 - Extensive Flooding / Southeast Asia - August 18th, 2008: "[....] In northern Vietnam, at least 130 people have been killed, dozens are missing and thousands have been driven from their homes. Hundreds of tourists were evacuated near the hill tribe resort area of Sa Pa. [NP] Flooding has also hit parts of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos as well as Myanmar" [Based on: News Services article (Southeast Asia struggles with extensive flooding), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/18/08]

2008 - Farewell Mass / Archbishop Raymond Burke - August 18th, 2008: "Archbishop Raymond Burke prepares for his farewell Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica on Sunday [08/17/08]. He is leaving to become Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the first American to hold the position." [Based on: Picture Caption for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/18/08]

2008 - More Menus List Fat Calories / U.S.A. - August 18th, 2008: "At restaurants around the country, from Seattle to New York, customers will begin to catch glimpses of information that may surprise them. [....] New York, Seattle, Philadelphia and Baltimore, among others, have banned artery-clogging trans fats from restaurants, and last month, California became the first state to pass a law doing the same. [....]" [Based on: Article (More menus list fat, calories / Why - Nutrition details help restaurant diners make healthier choices when ordering food. / Next - Dining industry wants national standard to replace growing patchwork of laws.), p A1 & A7, S.L.P.D., 08/18/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 19th, 2008: "Stocks declined the most in more than a week Monday [08/18/08], led by banking and real estate shares , as growing speculation the government will bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rattled the mortgage market. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Fannie, Freddie lead the way as market slumps), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - August 19th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 16:30:13 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 15.023°S, 173.525°W; Depth 8 km (5.0 miles) set by location program] was located @ TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008vxbi.php] - [T.D. - 08/23/08]

2008 - Flooding / Northern Ireland - August 19th, 2008: "Authorities rescued people trapped on roofs of their cars and stranded in their homes after parts of Northern Ireland received more rainfall in one day than they usually experience in three weeks, officials said Monday [08/18/08]" [Based on: News Services article (Flooding in Ulster), p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Ramps up Aggression? / Russia - August 19th, 2008: "Russia ramps up aggression / It resumes strategic bomber patrols off the Alaskan coast and places missle launchers in S. Ossetia." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Muslim Protests / Indian Kashmir - August 19th, 2008: "Tens of thousands of Muslims waving green and black protest flags and chanting militant slogans marched to the United Nations offices in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Monday [08/18/08] to press their demands that India give up its claim to the region. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Kashmir complaint), p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Trivia / Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac - August 19th, 2008: "IT'S A ROUT / Shares of Fannie and Freddie are sinking fast / Stock tumbles on worries that a government bailout would leave investors with nothing." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p D1, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Militant Attack / Eastern Afghanistan - August 19th, 2008: "Militants wearing vests packed with explosives tried to storm a main U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, an Afghan governor said today. A U.S. military spokesman confirmed the attack and said there were no American casualties. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Militant attack on U.S. base is turned back), p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Guilty Plea / Child Porn "Librarian", London - August 19th, 2008: "The 'librarian' of a child porn archive [Philip Thompson] accused of amassing nearly 250,000 images pleaded guilty Monday [08/18/08] of sending indecent images of children to subscribers in more than 30 countries. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (LONDON / Archivist for porn site is sentenced to prison), p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Resignation / President Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan - August 19th, 2008: "Exit may add to Pakistan turmoil / Musharraf's resignation [08/18/08] puts the onus on the ruling coalition to work together and guide the troubled nation." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Chicago Tribune article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - CME GroupInc.  Takeover? / Nymex Holdings Inc. - August 19th, 2008: "Nymex Holdings Inc. shareholders voted Monday [08/18/08] to approve CME Group Inc.'s $8.3 billion takeover offer, completing a transaction that may stem CME Group's 51 percent slide on the New York Stock Exchange this year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (CME Group could end its slide on NYSE with completion of the $8.3 billion deal), p D2, S.L.P.D., 08/19/08]

2008 - Recession? / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2008: "Credit market turmoil has driven the U.S. into a recession and may topple some of the nation's biggest banks, said Kenneth Rogoff, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Former IMF economist: 'Worst is yet to come' / Credit market turmoil has brought a recession, and some big banks may fail, Rogoff says.), p B10, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2008: "Stocks declined and the Standard & Poor's 500 index posted its steepest two-day slump ['lost 11.91 to 1,266.69.'] since June on Tuesday [08/19/08] after wholesale prices rose faster than economists estimated, housing starts decreased and concern grew that the nation's biggest financial firms will report more losses. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bad news makes S&P's 2-day slump steepest since June), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Suicide Bombing / Algeria - August 20th, 2008: "ALGIERS, ALGERIA / Suicide bombing [08/19/08] kills dozens ['at least 43 people'] at police academy" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Tropical Storm Fay / Florida - August 20th, 2008: "Although the storm didn’t reach hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Fay was still expected to drop 30 inches (76 centimeters) along parts of Florida’s coast. By August 20, 2008, hundreds of homes in central Florida had been flooded, and a day later, Florida’s governor described the storm as a catastrophic flood event. Besides water lapping at their doors, some Floridians had to contend with alligators and snakes that had been chased from their lairs by rising waters, according to news reports. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15023&src=map]

*Trivia: "Florida officials say at least 11 people have died from Tropical Storm Fay's meandering trek across the state." [Based on: News Services article (fay's toll), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/24/08]

2008 - Mountain Ambush / Afghanistan - August 20th, 2008: "SUROBI, AFGHANISTAN / 10 French soldiers killed in attack by militants [08/19/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Wholesale Prices Increase / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2008: "Wholesale prices jump, aren't likely to fall soon / The impact - Slowing consumer spending hits retailers, economy." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Suicide Bomber / Northwest Pakistan - August 20th, 2008: "Rifts grow in Pakistan's coalition / And there is still the Taliban: Suicide bomber [08/19/08?] kills over 30 in hospital ward [in Dera Ismail Khan]." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Formal Approval / U.S. Missle System, Poland - August 20th, 2008: "The government gave formal approval to a missle defense deal with the U.S. on Tuesday [08/19/08] before a visit by Secretary of State Condoleexa Rice." [Based on: News Services article (Poland), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Polluted Streams / Allegheny National Forest - August 20th, 2008: "Father, son [Andrew & Christopher Horton] are accused of dumping oil [at least 10,000 gallons of oil sometime 08/16/08-08/17/08] in streams [Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - Iraqi Raid / Government Compound, Diyala Province - August 20th, 2008: "Iraqi forces raided the provincial government compound in Diyala province in a chaotic operation early Tuesday [08/19/08], killing the governor's secretary and seizing computers and cars before local police engaged them in a two-hour gunbattle, police and local officials said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (BAGHDAD / Government troops battle local police), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/08]

2008 - New Sunspots? - August 21st, 2008: "A new sunspot is emerging near the sun's eastern limb. [....] These spots aren't large, but they are noteworthy as the first sunspots in more than a month. Moreover, they are growing rapidly, offering an opportunity for onlookers to witness sunspot genesis in action. If you have a solar telescope, take a look. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=21&year=2008&view=view]

2008 - Plane Crash / Spain - August 21st, 2008: "[....] Only 19 people survived the midafternoon crash of the Spainair MD-82 at Madrid's Barajas International Airport, and some were in critical condition, said Development Minister Magdalena Alvarez. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (JET BOUND FOR CANARY ISLANDS CRASHES IN SPAIN - 153 aboard are believed dead in fireball. / FLIGHT HAD BEEN DELAYED TO REPAIR GUAGE - Plane went down and broke apart during takeoff. / 'Closest thing to hell that I have seen'), p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/21/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 21st, 2008: "Stocks climbed Wednesday [08/20/08], led by energy and metals shares, after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicted oil will climb 29 percent through the end of the year and Morgan Stanley advised buying Freeport-Mc-MoRan Copper & Gold Inc. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Energy and metal shares rise, taking market with them), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 08/21/08]

2008 - Amish Population / U.S.A. - August 21st, 2008: "[....] The Amish now number an estimated 227,000 nationwide [U.S.A.], up from 123,000 in 1992, according to researchers from Elizabethtown College's Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Missouri and other states see growing Amish population / 'When we think they might be dying out or merely surviving, they are actually thriving.'), p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/21/08]

2008 - Wireless Internet / American Airlines - August 21st, 2008: "American puts Net service on some flights [08/20/08] / wireless Internet is available on some cross-country flights. / It's another way for carriers to boost revenue." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/21/08]

2008 - Missing E-Mail / White House, U.S.A. - August 21st, 2008: "WASHINGTON / White House is missing up to 225 days of e-mail ['dating back to 2003']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/21/08]

2008 - Irradiated Produce? / U.S.A. - August 21st, 2008: "Consumers worried about salad safety may soon be able to buy fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce zapped with just enough radiation to kill E. coli and a few other germs. [NP] The Food and Drug Administration today will issue a new regulation allowing spinach and lettuce sellers to take that extra step, a long-awaited move amid increasing outbreaks from raw produce." [Based on: News Services article (FDA to approve use of radiation to kill E. coli), p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/22/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Myanmar-China Border Region - August 21st, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:24:31 (UTC) on Thursday, August 21st, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 25.066°N, 97.737°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ MYANMAR-CHINA BORDER REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008vzbb.php] - [T.D. - 08/23/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 22nd, 2008: "Wall Street finished mixed Thursday [08/21/08] after investors largely shrugged off a jump in oil prices and focussed instead on a bullish call on Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. that eased worries about the financial sector. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Lehman rating helps to cushion oil price's blow), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 08/22/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & India - August 22nd, 2008: "VIENNA, AUSTRIA / U.S. seems upbeat [08/21/08] on nuclear pact with India" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A15, S.L.P.D., 08/22/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Russia - August 22nd, 2008: "Fears that Russia might sell advanced weaponry to Syria kicked up a mini-storm of concern in Israel on Thursday [08/21/08]. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Israeli officials angry as Syria negotiates for arms with Russia), p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/22/08]

2008 - Suicide Attacks / Islamabad, Pakistan - August 22nd, 2008: "[....] The 47-story trapezoid-shaped building sat north of the World Trade Center towers in New York. On Sept. 11, it was set on fire by falling debris from the burning towers, but skeptics have argued that fireand debris alone should not have brought down such a big steel-and-concrete structure. [NP] Scientists with the national Institute of Standards and Technology say thei three-year investigation of the collapse determined the demise of WTC7 was actually the first time in the world a fire caused the total failure of a modern askscraper. [NP] Investigators also concluded that the collapse of the nearby towers broke the city water main, leaving the sprinkler system in the bottom half of the building without water. [....] Dr. Shyam Sunder, the lead investigator on the NIST team, said they investigated the possibility that an explosion inside the building brought it down but found there was no large boom or other noise that would have occurred with such a detonation." [Based on: A.P. article (Fire felled building next to twin towers), p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/22/08]

2008 - More Settlements / Financial Companies - August 22nd, 2008: "Merrill Lynch & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank on Thursday [08/21/08] joined other major financial companies in settling with regulators over their roles in selling risky auction-rate securities to retail investors. [NP] The agreements bring to eight the number of global banks that have settled the five-month investigation into claims they misled customers into believing the investments were safe. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, leading the investigation on behalf of state and federal authorities, has now reached deals for the banks to buy back $57 billion worth of auction-rate securities. [....]" [Based on: A.P. Article (Deutsche, Goldman, Merrill agree to settle / deal with regulators is over their roles in sales of auction-rate securities to investors.), p B3, S.L.P.D., 08/22/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Mauritius - Reunion Region - August 22nd, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:47:39 (UTC) on Friday, August 22nd, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 17.797°S, 65.440°E; Depth 6 km (3.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008waax.php] - [T.D. - 08/23/08]

2008 - Overweight Insurance Payments / Alabama State Workers - August 22nd, 2008: "Obese Alabama workers will pay / State will be first to charge overweight state workers - $25 a month for insurance." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/22/08]

2008 - Sun in Virgo - August 23rd, 2008: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Virgo."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200808.html]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 23rd, 2008: "Stocks advanced Friday [08/22/08], led by banks and retailers, on oil's biggest plunge in four years and speculation a purchase of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. would end the worst slump by financial shares since at least 1962. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Banks, retailers, sinking oil, Lehman rally lift market), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 08/23/08]

2008 - Russian Exit? / Georgia - August 23rd, 2008: "The last Russian vehicles leave a checkpoint on the highway to Gori, Georgia, on Friday [08/22/08]." [Based on: A.P.  picture caption for article (Russians step up exit from Georgia), p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/23/08]

2008 - Crude Oil Plunge / U.S.A. - August 23rd, 2008: "Crude oil plunges ['more than $6 a barrel ... to settle at $114.59' - 08/22/08]; dollar strengthens" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A34, S.L.P.D., 08/23/08]

2008 - U.S.-Led Attack / Taliban Compound? - August 23rd, 2008: "U.S.-led troops attacked a compound where Taliban leaders were meeting and killed 30 militants, American and Afghan military officials said Friday [08/22/08], but the Interior Ministry said a large number of civilians died. The U.S. said it would investigate. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (KABUL, AFGHANISTAN / Coalition hits meeting of Taliban leaders), p A24, S.L.P.D., 08/23/08]

*Trivia: "[....] The U.S. military initially put the number of dead at 30, describing all of those killed Friday in a remote part of Herat provence, on Afghanistan's western border, as Taliban militants. [....] Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said the aerial bombardment ... killed 76 civilians, including scores of women and children. [....] Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said the Taliban commander targeted in the raid, Mullah Siddiq, was among those killed in the airstrike. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Airstrike may have killed 76 civilians / U.S. targeted Taliban in Afghanistan, plans investigation.), p A14, S.L.P.D., 08/23/08]

*Trivia: "A U.N. human rights team has found 'convincing evidence' that 90 civilians - among them 60 children - were killed in airstrikes on a village in western Afghanistan's Herat province on Friday [08/22/08], according to the U.N. mission in Kabul. [NP] If the assertion proves to be correct, this would almost certainly be the deadliest case of civilian casualties caused by any U.S. military operation in Afghanistan since 2001. [NP] The U.N. statement adds pressure to the U.S. military, which maintains that only that [< typo?] 25 militants and 5 civilians were killed in the airstrikes, but has ordered an investigation." [Based on: News Services article (U.N. team: 90 civilians were killed in airstrikes), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

*Trivia: "Deadly Afghan raid now tied to misleading information / Afghan officials say rival clan provided reports, U.N. lists dozens of civilians dead; NATO lists 5 killed in remote town." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate / Sen. Joe Biden - August 23rd, 2008: "Source tells AP: Biden is Obama's pick [08/22/08] / Senator from Deleware is 65, a Catholic, a liberal congressional veteran." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A21, S.L.P.D., 08/23/08]

2008 - Suicide Bomber / Iraq - August 25th, 2008: "BAGHDAD, IRAQ / Suicide blast [08/24/08] kills at least 25 at celebration ['to welcome home an Iraqi detainee released from custody']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A18, S.L.P.D., 08/25/08]

2008 - U.S. Humanitarian Aid / Georgia - August 25th, 2008: "American warship ['The guided missle cruiser McFaul'] delivers humanitarian aid ['about 55 tons'] to Georgia [08/24/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A18, S.L.P.D., 08/25/08]

2008 - Changes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch - August 25th, 2008: "Starting today [08/25/08], we are making some changes to the Monday through Saturday Post-Dispatch. [NP] Several of the changes are the result of feedback from readers. Others are being made to conserve paper at a time of spiraling costs in newsprint, high fuel prices and a challenging economy for many industries. [....]" [Based on: Article (To our readers), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/25/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Western Xizang - August 25th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:21:59 (UTC) on Monday, August 25th, 2008. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 30.893°N, 83.614°E; Depth 12 km (7.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ WESTERN XIZANG." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wdaj.php] - [T.D. - 08/28/08]

2008 - Solar Prominence - August 26th, 2008: "[....] For the past two days [since 08/26/08], a colossal prominence has been dancing along the northwestern limb of the sun. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. 08/28/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 26th, 2008: "Stocks fell the most in a month Monday [08/25/08] as a Kansas bank failed and American International Group Inc. tumbled to a 13-year low after Credit Suisse group said the insurer may lose $2.41 billion this quarter on mortgage-related writedowns. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall the most in a month after bank failure), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Zimbabwe - August 26th, 2008: "Opposition party Zimbabwe [ZANU-PF] gains top parliamentary post [08/25/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Northern Peru - August 26th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:00:36 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 7.670°S, 74.391°W; Depth 153 km (95.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ NORTHERN PERU." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wecl.php] - [T.D. - 08/28/08]

2008 - Hurricane Gustav / Caribbean Sea - August 26th, 2008: "Churning over the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, Gustav formed very quickly on August 25, 2008. Within 24 hours between August 25 and August 26, the storm went from tropical depression to a strong Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (92 miles per hour or 80 knots). Gustav was poised to strike Haiti and the Dominican Republic on August 26, when the QuikSCAT satellite captured the data used to make this image [see link]. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15031&src=map]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - August 26th, 2008: "U.S. envoy [Zalmay Khalilzad] is under scrutiny for contact with Pakistani leader [Asif Ali Zardari]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - Status / Ruling Coalition, Pakistan - August 26th, 2008: "Pakistan's ruling coalition splinters [08/25/08] / Bhutto's widower [Ali zardari] gains more power amid dispute over reinstatement of Supreme Court chief." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - Secret Prisons Investigation / Poland - August 26th, 2008: "Poland's prime minister has requested an investigation ['confirmed Monday'] into allegations there were secret prisons in the country used by the CIA to hold and question terrorism suspects between 2001 and 2004. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (CIA-run prisons? Investigation sought), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - Shares Soar / Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac - August 26th, 2008: "[....] Freddie completed a $2 billion debt sale, and a Wall Street analyst said a bailout of the two companies may not be inevitable. [....] Shares of Freddie jumped 48 cents, or 17.1 percent, to $3.29 Monday [08/25/08], while Fannie climbed 19 cents, or 3.8 percent, to $5.19. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac soar), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - $7 Billion Agreement / Merrill Lynch & Co. - August 26th, 2008: "Federal regulators said Friday that investors who bought risky auction-rate securities from Merrill Lynch & Co. before the market for those bonds collapsed will be able to recover up to $7 billion under a new agreement. [....] The $330 billion market for auction-rate securities collapsed in mid-February." [Based on: article (A $7 billion agreement), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - Russian Backing / Abkhazia and South Ossetia - August 26th, 2008: "Russian lawmakers back [08/25/08] 2 republics' [Abkhazia and South Ossetia] independence" [Based on: Title Los Angeles Times article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/26/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 27th, 2008: "Stocks advanced Tuesday [08/26/08], rebounding from the biggest drop in a month, as higher oil prices boosted energy shares and analysts said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have enough capital to last the year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Oil, Fannie and Freddie give stock market a boost), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Status / Mars Rover - August 27th, 2008: "The plucky Mars rover opportunity is driving out of a giant crater nearly a year after a dangerous descent to examine exposed bedrock." [Based on: News Services article (Mars rover), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Literacy Levels / Louisiana - August 27th, 2008: "[....] More than 40 percent of the city's adults lack the literacy skills to comprehend basic government forms. And recovery programs have done little to ease the burden. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Literacy levels delay Katrina recovery), p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Suicide Bomber / Jalula, Iraq - August 27th, 2008: "[....] A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday [08/26/08] in a crowd of Iraqis trying to join the police force, killing at least 25 people in the town of Jalula." [Based on: New York Times article (2 U.S. soldiers say they executed handcuffed Iraqi prisoners / SUICIDE BLAST), p A13, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Israeli Construction / West Bank - August 27th, 2008: "A report released Tuesday [08/26/08] by the Israeli advocacy group Peace Now said Israel has nearly doubled construction in its West Bank settlements this year, violating commitments under a U.S.-backed peace plan even as it pursued revived talks with the Palestinians. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (JERUSALEM / Rice, group denounce new Israeli settlements), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Syria - August 27th, 2008: "Syrian president seeks Russian aid to build up military / U.S.-Russia rift over Georgia emboldens some in Middle East, expert contends." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Trivia / Nitrate-Related Substances - August 27th, 2008: "[....] Nitrate-related substances have been reported to cause cancer in animals, but there's no proof they do that in people. [....] Their [scientists] report last November said eating 50 grams a day of processed meats for several years increases colorectal cancer risk by 21 percent. That equals about one hot dog a day or two deli slices of bologna or five slices of bacon. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Ad reviling hot dogs spices up cancer fight), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Convicted / Nuclear Engineer, Lake Erie - August 27th, 2008: "Jurors on Tuesday [08/26/08] convicted a former engineer at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant along Lake Erie of hiding information from government regulators about the worst corrosion ever found at a U.S. reactor." [Based on: News Services article (Reactor case), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Debt Rating / Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac - August 27th, 2008: "Standard & Poor's cut the preferred stock ratings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac three grades to the lowest investment-quality ranking, citing 'uncertainty' about whether any government bailout would extend to the securities. [NP] The ratings were reduced to BBB- from A- and may be cut further, S&P said Tuesday [08/26/08] in separate statements. [....]" [Based on: Article (FANNIE / FREDDIE / S&P cuts preferred stock ratings by three grades), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Anti-Government Demonstrators / Thailand - August 27th, 2008: "Thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Bangkok pushed into the Thai prime minister's office compound on Tuesday [08/26/08] as tens of thousands rallied outside in an attempt to depose the prime minister." [Based on: News Services article (Thai unrest), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Trivia / Murder Confessions, U.S. Army Soldiers - August 27th, 2008: "In March or April 2007, three noncommissioned U.S. Army officers - a first sergeant, a platoon sergeant and a senior medic - killed four Iraqi prisoners with pistol shots to the head as the men stood handcuffed and blindfolded, two of the soldiers said in sworn statements. [....] The accounts of and confessions to the killings, by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo, the platoon sergeant, and Sgt. Michael P. Leahy Jr., the senior medic, were made in January in signed statements to Army investigators in Schweinfurt, Germany. [NP] In their statements, Mayo and Leahy each described killing at least one of the Iraqi detainees on instructions from 1st Sgt. John E. Hatley, who the soldiers said killed two of the detai nees. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (2 U.S. soldiers say they executed handcuffed Iraqi prisoners), p A13, S.L.P.D., 08/27/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Lake Baykal Region, Russia - August 27th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:35:32 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 51.620°N, 104.135°E; Depth 16 km (9.9 miles) set by location program] was located @ LAKE BAYKAL REGION, RUSSIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wfac.php] - [T.D. - 08/28/08]

2008 - Reprogrammed Cells - August 28th, 2008: "Researchers convert adult cells from one type to another ['published online Wednesday (08/27/08) by the journal Nature'] / PROSPECTS? - Scientists hope reprogramming cells will help treat afflictions such as diabetes. / MORAL CLARITY - The technique poses no ethical issues, critics of stem cell research say." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Washington Post article by Rob Stein, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/28/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 28th, 2008: "Stocks rose for a second day Wednesday [08/27/08] after orders for durable goods unexpectedly advanced in July and analysts said new investments by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will boost their earnings." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Durable goods orders, banking bring on advance), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 08/28/08]

2008 - Low Level of Sea Ice / Arctic Ocean - August 28th, 2008: "Low Artic sea ice level ['Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is at its second lowest level in about 30 years.'] worries scientists" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A13, S.L.P.D., 08/28/08]

2008 - Democratic National Convention / Colorado - August 28th, 2008: "DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION [08/28/08] * 'Our dreams can be one" / IN ST. LOUIS * People watch to see history - the first black nominee from a major party. / A HISTORIC STEP * Obama formally accepts the nomination with the promise of change. [Based on: Title & Subtitles for articles, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / North of Ascension Island - August 28th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:22:24 (UTC) on Thursday, August 28th, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 0.009°S, 17.421°W; Depth 16.2 km (10.1 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wgck.php] - [T.D. - 08/28/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 29th, 2008: "Stocks climbed the most in three weeks Thursday [08/28/08], led by manufacturers and financial companies, after growth in exports helped the economy expand faster than estimated in the second quarter. [....]." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rise most in three weeks as economy grows), p. B11, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Arrested / Chalabi Deputy - August 29th, 2008: "Deputy of Chalabi [Ali Faisal al-Lami] arrested in Iraq [08/27/08] / Sadrist official worked for politician once favored by Bush is implicated in blasts that killed Americans." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Crucified Frog Sculpture? / Italy - August 29th, 2008: "An art museum in northern Italy said Thursday [08/28/08] it will continue displaying a sculpture portraying a green frog nailed to a cross that has angered Pope Benedict XVI and local officials." [Based on: News Services article (Crucifix sculpture), p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Russia - August 29th, 2008: "Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday [08/28/08] of pushing Georgia toward war and said he suspects a connection to the U.S. presidential campaign - a contention the White House dismissed as 'patently false.' [NP] In another sign of unraveling Russia-U.S. ties, Putin said that 19 U.S. poultry producers will be barred from exporting their products to Russia. [....] 'We have serious grounds to think that there were U.S. citizens right in the combat zone,' he said in the interview broadcast on state-run Russian television. 'And if that's so, if that is confirmed, it's very bad. It's very dangerous.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Putin links U.S. politics to Georgia war), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Seems Over? / Salmonella Outbreak, U.S.A. - August 29th, 2008: "Salmonella outbreak seems over, but source still unclear" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Christian vs. Hindu Violence / Orissa, India - August 29th, 2008: "At least 3,000 people, most of them Christians, are living in government-run relief camps after days of Christian-versus Hindu violence in the Kandhamal district of Orissa state in eastern India, government officials said. [NP] The government said that in addition, many people were living in the open jungle, without any shelter and security, because of the tension that erupted in violence after a Hindu leader was killed on Saturday and at least 10 Christians were killed in retaliation." [Based on: News Services article (NEW DELHI / 3,000 refugees in camps after religious violence), p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Open Bidding / Punta Colonet Project, Mexico - August 29th, 2008: "President Felipe Calderon opened bidding Thursday [08/28/08] for construction of a huge new seaport that could eventually rival the twin ports of Los Angeles and long Beach, the largest port complex in the United States. [NP] Mexico's $5 billion Punta Colonet project would transform a wind-swept Mexican bay 150 miles south of the U.S. border into a booming city, creating 80,000 jobs and drawing freighters from Asia and funneling manufactured goods north. [NP] A planned railroad would link Punta Colonet to the U.S., allowing freight to skip Southern California traffic and head directly to points across the Midwestern U.S., including Chicago." [Based on: Wire Services article (MEXICO / Port rivals best in U.S.), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Acquitted of Voluntary Manslaughter / U.S. Marine - August 29th, 2008: "A former marine [Jose Luis Nazario] accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees [11/09/04 - in Fallujah, Iraq] was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday [08/28/08] in a first-of-its-kind federal trial that ended with some of the jurors shaking hands and hugging the defendant and his sobbing mother. [....] Thursday's verdict marks the first time a civilian jury has determined whether the alleged actions of a former military service member in combat violated the law of war. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Not guilty verdict in Iraq war crime trial / Some jurors hug former Marine after voting to acquit him.) by Chelsea J. Carter, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 30th, 2008: "Stocks fell Friday [08/29/08], paring the biggest monthly gain since April, as consumer spending slumped and lower-than-estimated earnings from Dell Inc. dragged down tech companies. [....]." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Consumer spending slump, dell news hurt stocks), p. B40, S.L.P.D., 08/30/08]

2008 - Fierce Rain / Central Japan - August 30th, 2008: "Rain pounds central Japan [08/29/08], flooding widespread areas" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A28, S.L.P.D., 08/30/08]

2008 - Mad Cow Testing? / U.S.A. - August 30th, 2008: "The administration of President George W. Bush can prohibit meatpackers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said. [NP] The dispute pits the Agriculture Department, which tests about 1 percent of cows for the potentially deadly disease, against Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, a Kansas meatpacker that wants to test all the animals. Larger meat packers fear they would have to conduct the expensive tests to match Creekstone." [Based on: News Reports article (WASHINGTON / Court allows Bush to ptohibit testing), p A20, S.L.P.D., 08/30/08]

2008 - Radioactive Alert / Belgium - August 30th, 2008: "Belgian authorities issued a safety alert after a leak of radioactive material from a research institute near the southern city of charleroi." [Based on: News Reports article (Radioactive alert), p A30, S.L.P.D., 08/30/08]

2008 - 10th U.S Bank Failure / 2008 - August 30th, 2008: "FINANCE / Another bank fails [Integrity Bank of Alpharetta, Ga., becomes the 10th U.S. bank to fail this year.']" [Based on: Article title, p A38, S.L.P.D., 08/29/08]

2008 - Wind & Storms / Phoenix, Arizona - August 30th, 2008: "PHOENIX / Wind hits 100 mph, shutting down airport [08/29/08]" [Based on: Title for News Reports article, p A20, S.L.P.D., 08/30/08]

2008 - Vice Presedintial Nominee / Sarah Palin - August 30th, 2008: "McCain selects Alaska governor [08/29/08] / Sarah Palin, 44, will be GOP nominee for vice president." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/30/08]

2008 - Line of Credit Reduced / Sears Holding Corp. - August 30th, 2008: "SEARS HOLDINGS / Letter of credit ['with bank of America Corp.'] reduced [from $1 billion to $5 million]" [Based on: Article title, p A38, S.L.P.D., 08/30/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Eastern New Guinea Reg, Papua New Guinea - August 30th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:54:06 (UTC) on Saturday, August 30th, 2008. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 6.194°S, 147.256°E; Depth 56 km (34.8 miles)] was located @ EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wiaq.php] - [T.D. - 09/01/08]

2008 - Moderate Earthquake / Sichuan-Yunnan Border region, China - August 30th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:30:52 (UTC) on Saturday, August 30th, 2008. The magnitude 5.7 event [Location: 26.277°N, 101.915°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SICHUAN-YUNNAN BORDER REGION, CHINA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wia8.php] - [T.D. - 09/01/08]

*Trivia: "A 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least 32 people and injured hundreds Saturday. [NP] The quake's epicenter was about 30 miles southwest of Panzhihua in southern Sichuan province, along the same fault line as the May 12 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Quake kills at least 32 and injures hundreds), p A20, S.L.P.D., 09/01/08]

2008 - Solar Prominence - August 31st, 2008: " 'There is a spectacular prominence on the sun today,' reports Mike Borman of Evansville, Indiana. 'It looks like a gigantic hook.' Readers, if you have a solar telescope, take a look. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=31&month=08&year=2008] 

2008 - Deforestation / Brazil - August 31st, 2008: "Amazon deforestation jumped 69 percent in the past 12 months - the first such increase in three years - as rising demand for soy and cattle pushes farmers and ranchers to cut down trees, officials said Saturday [08/30/08]. [NP] Some 3,145 square miles of forest have been destroyed since August 2007 - a 69 percent increase over 1,861 square miles felled in the previous 12 months, according to the National Institute for Space Research, which monitors destruction of the Amazon." [Based on: News Services article (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL / Loss of forest in Amazon shows sharp increase), p A15, S.L.P.D., 08/31/08]

2008 - Colonial Compensation / Libya - August 31st, 2008: "Italy agreed Saturday [08/30/08] to pay Libya $5 billion as compensation for its 30-year occupation of the country, which ended in 1943. [NP] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi signed a memorandum pledging a $5 billion compensation package involving construction projects, student grants and pensions for Libyan soldiers who served with Italians in World war II." [Based on: News Services article (BENGHAZI, LIBYA / Italy to pay $5 billion as colonial compensation), p A15, S.L.P.D., 08/31/08]

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