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

September 2008

2008 - Astronomic Configuration - September 1st, 2008: "Sun [9 Virgo], Moon [26 Virgo], Mercury [4 Libra], Venus [2 Libra], Mars [8 Libra], Jupiter [12 Capricorn R.], Saturn [11 Virgo], Uranus [21 Pisces R.], Neptune [22 Aquarius R.], Pluto [28 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [17 Aquarius R.]." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200809.html]

2008 - Flood Status / Northern India - September 1st, 2008: "Desperate flood victims jam rescue boats in India / As many as 700,000 remain trapped with little or no food; some estimate the death toll in the thousands." [Based on: title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A20, S.L.P.D., 09/01/08]

2008 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - September 1st, 2008: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Sep 2008 at 04:08:26 PM GMT is: $9,657,532,927,456.98. The estimated population of the United States is 304,648,645 so each citizen's share of this debt is $31,700.56. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.92 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. - 09/02/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / South of Fiji Islands - September 1st, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:00:31 (UTC) on Monday, September 1st, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 25.375°S, 177.633°W; Depth 102 km (63.4 miles)] was located @ SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wkai.php] - [T.D. - 09/01/08]

2008 - Republican National Convention / St. Paul, Minnesota - September 1st, 2008: "The hurricane [Gustav] bearing down on the Gulf Coast spawned dark clouds over the Republican National Convention, prompting organizers to cancel most of tonight's proceedings and throwing the entire GOP gathering into disarray. [....]" [Based on: Article (Gustav takes gusto out of opening today), p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/01/08]

2008 - Newborn Panda / U.S.A. - September 2nd, 2008: "The only panda born [to Lun Lun] at a U.S. zoo [Atlanta] so far this year was placed in an incubator on Monday [09/01/08] for closer monitoring by zookeepers. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (ATLANTA / Newborn panda is placed in incubator), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/02/08]

2008 - State of Emergency / Thailand - September 2nd, 2008: "Thai leader declares state of emergency [today] / Fighting erupts after state workers threaten to cut off electricity, water and phones in government offices and disrupt air traffic." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/02/08]

2008 - Trivia / Picture Cave, Missouri - September 2nd, 2008: "[....] The figures on the walls of the cave in east-central Missouri now provide crucial details of the prehistoric timeline of the region. And there's recent evidence that the paintings in Picture Cave predate the Cahokia Mounds as the birthplace of what archaeologists refer to as the Mississipian period. [NP] According to archaeological records, the Mississipian period saw the creation of some of the first large towns and city centers north of Mexico. The convential belief has been that this period started around 1050 A.D., but the drawings in Picture Cave indicate the period began earlier and in a different location. [....] The ancient symbols contain mysteries, some of which are inevitably lost forever. Others are pieces to a puzzle that archaeologists have poured over for centuries. [....] A specialist hired by Duncan [Jim Duncan] and Diaz-Granados [Carol Diaz-Granados] analyzed tiny amounts of organic matter in the pigments of the paint and dated them to 975 to 1025 A.D. [....]" [Based on: COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN article (Find could change Mississippians' timeline / New evidence indicates Missouri cave paintings predate civilization at Cahokia Mounds.) by Michael Gibney, p B6, S.L.P.D., 09/02/08]

2008 - Iraqi Control / Anbar Province, Iraq - September 2nd, 2008: "Iraqis assume control in Anbar [09/01/08] / Insurgent attacks against Iraqis and Americans in the province have fallen by 90 percent in two years." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/02/08]

2008 - More Civilian Deaths / Afghanistan - September 2nd, 2008: "Foreign and Afghan forces accidentally killed five children in two separate operations Monday [09/01/08], further undermining President Hamid Karzai after he demanded a halt to attacks in civilian areas. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (5 children accidentally killed in Afghan fighting), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/02/08]

2008 - Anti-War Protestors / St. Paul, Minnesota - September 2nd, 2008: "St. Paul, Minn. / Anti-war protestors [8,000 to 10,000] march, vandalize [09/01/08]" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/02/08]

2008 - Resignation Announcement / Japanese Prime Minister - September 2nd, 2008: "Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, after less than a year of listless leadership over a sour economy, said Monday [09/01/08] that he was resigning to prevent a 'political vacuum' that could further weaken Japan's government. [....] Fukuda's predecessor, Shinzo Abe, resigned last September" [Based on: Washington Post article (Japan's prime minister rersigns), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/02/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 3rd, 2008: "Stocks fell for a second day Tuesday [09/02/08] as a slump in commodity producers overshadowed gains in airlines and consumer companies after oil slid to a five-month low. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Commodities dip sinks stocks as oil prices slide), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 09/03/08]

2008 - Debt Status / Argentina - September 3rd, 2008: "Argentina will pay its entire $6.7 billion debt to the Paris Club of lending nations, ending a deafult that began in 2001. Argentina has already paid off the rest of the $95 billion of the default." [Based on: News Services article (Argentina will pay off its final world debt), p A12, S.L.P.D., 09/03/08]

2008 - More Atlantic Storms - September 3rd, 2008: "[....] Hanna and Ike formed Monday [09/01/08], and a new system, Josephine, popped up Tuesday morning [09/02/08]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Atlantic storm systems present a triple threat), p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/03/08]

2008 - Debt Sale / Freddie Mac - September 3rd, 2008: "Freddie Mac sold $1 billion in five-year debt Tuesday [09/02/08] at a price that indicates investors' fears about the mortgage finance company's future have eased a bit. [NP] Freddie and Fannie Mae's ability to sell debt last week diminished the sense of urgency about the companies' future. [....]" [Based on: Wire reports article (FREDDIE MAC / $1 billion in debt sold), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/03/08]

2008 - Ancient Skeleton? / Mexico - September 3rd, 2008: "Deep inside an underwater cave in Mexico, archaeologists may have discovered the oldest human skeleton ever found in the Americas. [NP] Dubbed Eva de Naharon, or Eve of Naharon, the female skeleton has been dated at 13,600 years old. If that age is accurate, the skeleton—along with three others found in underwater caves along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula—could provide new clues to how the Americas were first populated. [NP] The remains have been excavated over the past four years near the town of Tulum, about 80 miles southwest of Cancún, by a team of scientists led by Arturo González, director of the Desert Museum in Saltillo, Mexico (see map of Mexico). [....]"

[Based on: National Geographic News article (Oldest Skeleton in Americas Found in Underwater Cave?) by Eliza Barclay, September 3, 2008] - [My brackets. NP = new paragraph. - E.M.]

*Link: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/09/080903-oldest-skeletons.html
 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/09/100915-oldest-skeleton-underwater-cave-science/

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Santiago Del Estero, Argentina - September 3rd, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:25:14 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 26.725°S, 63.196°W; Depth 569.9 km (354.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wmav.php] - [T.D. - 09/05/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Stream - September 4th, 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?view=1&day=04&month=09&year=2008] 

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 4th, 2008: "Stocks dropped for a third day on Wednesday [09/03/08], led by technology and raw-materials companies, after Corning Inc. cut its earnings estimates and commodity prices fell. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Shares drop again, led by technology and raw materials), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - U.S. Forces / Pakistan - September 4th, 2008: "Helicopter-borne American Special Operations forces attacked al-Qaida militants in a Pakistani village near the border with Afghanistan early Wednesday [09/03/08] in the first publicly acknowledged case of U.S. forces conducting a ground raid on Pakistani soil, American officials said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times News article (U.S. admits attack on Pakistani village), p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - Arctic Ice Chunk Adrift - September 4th, 2008: "TORONTO / 19-square-mile ice chunk breaks away in Arctic ['Ellesmere Island in Canada's northern Arctic' - 'the 4,500-year-old Markham Ice Shelf separated in early August']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - U.S. "Friendly Fire" / Iraq - September 4th, 2008: "U.S. troops mistakenly killed six members of Iraq's security forces [Mizrafa] Monday [09/01/08], Iraqi officials said, further straining relations between the U.S. military and the Iraqis they are paying to secure the country. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.S. troops killed 6 by mistake, officials say), p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike / Atlantic Ocean - September 4th, 2008: "Hurricane Ike grows to category 4 in Atlantic [09/03/08]" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - Tropical Storm Hanna / Bahamas - September 4th, 2008: "Hanna hits Bahamas [09/03/08], bears down on Florida" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - No Autism Link? / MMR Vaccine - September 4th, 2008: "WASHINGTON / New research ['published in PLoS One, the online journal of the Public Library of Science'] shows no vaccine [MMR vaccine] link to autism [" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - Convicted of Spying / J. Reece Roth - September 4th, 2008: "A federal jury convicted retired University of Tennessee professor J. Reece Roth of passing sensitive information from an Air Force contract to two foreign research assistants, from China and Iran. [NP] Jurors deliberated about six hours over two days before finding Roth guilty on all 18 counts of conspiracy, fraud and violating the export control act." [Based on: News Services article (KNOXVILLE, TENN. / Retired professor found guilty in spying case), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - Rebuilding Nuclear Complex / N. Korea - September 4th, 2008: "[....] North Korea suspended the dismantling process Aug. 14 [at Yongbyon], saying that the United States had broken a promise to remove it from the State Department's list of terrorism-sponsoring nations. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (N. Korea is rebuilding nuclear complex), p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - Rampage Suspect Silent / Alger, Washington - September 4th, 2008: "The man arrested in the deaths of six people and the wounding of three others in a shooting and stabbing rampage is being held on six counts of murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. [....] Zamora [Isaac Zamora, 28, of Alger] ended Tuesday's [09/02/08] violent rampage and an ensuing high-speed chase along Interstate 5 when he drove a pickup to the Skagit County sheriff's office and was arrested. [....]" [Based on: SEATTLE TIMES article (Man arrested in rampage is silent in court / Suspect accused of killing 6 in Washington state refuses to answer questions from judge.), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/04/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 5th, 2008: "Stocks tumbled [DJIA lost 344.65 to 11,188.23] Thursday [09/04/08], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to the longest stretch of losses since January ['decreasing 38.15 points to 1,236.83'], after rising jobless claims heightened concern the slump is worsening and a decline in oil pushed energy producers lower. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Jobless claims and oil decline extend stretch of losses), p. B11, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Guilty Plea / Detroit Mayor - September 5th, 2008: "Detroit mayor pleads guilty [09/04/08] / Kwame Kilpatrick admits lying in court about an affair. He gets jail time [four months], $1 million fine, and resigns from post." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Rules Relaxed / Freddie Mac - September 5th, 2008: "FREDDIE MAC / Rules are relaxed ['Freddie Mac ... rolled back a rule in its bylaws that precluded owners with a 20 percent or more controlling interest from voting without the approval of all other shareholders']" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Banks Borrow More / U.S.A. - September 5th, 2008: "[....] A Fed report released Thursday [09/04/08] said commercial banks averaged $18.98 billion in daily borrowing over the last week. That compared with a daily average of $18.47 billion in the previous week. [NP] For the week ending Sept. 3, Wall Street firms didn't take out any loans, the fifth straight period of no action. Their borrowing, however, averaged as high as $38.1 billion a day over the course of a week in early April. [....] Separately, as part of efforts to relieve credit strains, the Fed auctioned nearly $25 billion in Treasury securities to investment companies Thursday. The Fed received requests for $45 billion worth of the securities. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Banks borrow more; Wall Street takes a pass), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Tropical Storm Hanna / Haiti - September 5th, 2008: "[....] At least 137 people died when Hanna struck Haiti, 102 of them in Gonaives and its surroundings, officials said Thursday [09/04/08]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Hanna leaves devestation as haiti struggles to recover), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Google Web Browser / Chrome - September 5th, 2008: "Google's new Web browser is widely viewed as keen competition for Microsoft's Internet Explorer. [NP] Chrome, which made its debut Tuesday [09/02/08], takes computer users a step closer to an environment where they may no longer need an operating system - at least as we know it today - to run a PC. [....] While Chrome currently require's Microsoft's operating system to work, the browser's relatively simple code and Google's other programs - from calendars to photo editing software - show the way to an era in which practically everything needed to run a computer will be stored on the Internet. [....] Already, computers are sold at Wal-Mart for less than $300 with stripped-down operating systems running on open-source software. [NP] Perhaps more significantly, Dell, one of the nation's largest computer sellers, soon will offer a laptop that can launch a Web browser without the need to boot up an operating system. [....] Gillett [Frank Gillett, a Forrester analyst], the analyst, brings up another point: It may not be wise to have all one's information sitting in the cloud. [NP] 'There could be some things we never want stored with the service provider,' he said, whether that's on Google's servers or with an online service such as Box.net. 'What if they lose it or the data gets compromised?' " [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Google's Chrome may take shine off Explorer), p B10, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

*Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/technology/chi-thu_google_chrome_folosep04,0,3745328.column

2008 - Monsanto GM Soybeans / China - September 5th, 2008: "Monsanto gets China go-ahead / SOYBEANS - Next generation of Roundup Ready receives approval for import." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article, p B1, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Syria - September 5th, 2008: "DAMASCUS, SYRIA / Syrian president makes peace offer to Israel ['Syria's leader said Thursday' - 09/04/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Custody Status / Sect Children, Texas - September 5th, 2008: "[....] Since the April 3 raid on the yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas, 235 children's custody cases have been dropped, meaning less than half of the 440 children seized remain bound by a court order to stay in Texas." [Based on: News Services article (SAN ANGELO, TEXAS / Many cases are dropped involving sect children), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Reduced Sentence / Jack Abramoff - September 5th, 2008: "Former lobbyist Abramoff [Jack Abramoff] draws 4 years [09/04/08] in prison" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Clue to Cancers / Genetic Pathways? - September 5th, 2008: "[....] The three studies, published in the journals Science and Nature, mark a milestone in cancer genetics. [....] The big discovery involved cancer's genetic chaos. No tumors were identical. The typical pancreatic cancer contained 63 genetic alterations and the average brain tumor 60, Hopkins researchers reported in Science. [NP] Fortunately, 'genes don't work alone,' said Hopkin's Dr. Kenneth Kinzler, who led the pancreatic work. Figure out which genes cluster in which pathways and 'a simpler picture emerges.' [....] The pathways do different things. Some allow damaged DNA to escape repair. Some switched off protective factors meant to suppress tumors. [NP] Finding drugs that block those pathways will not be easy, said Dr. Bert Vogelstein of Hopkins and the Howard Huges Medical Institute, who oversaw the research. But companies already are researching drugs to block a particular enzyme pathway implicated in the studies. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Genetic pathways called clue to cancers / Research suggests that if drugs can block such pathways, they could help large groups of patients.) by Lauran Neergaard, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Georgia - September 5th, 2008: "Cheney tells Georgia [09/04/08] U.S. will help nation seek NATO membership" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - September 5th, 2008: "A deadly American-led raid on a Pakistani village embarrassed the government and eroded support for the pro-U.S. presidential front-runner Thursday [09/04/08] just two days before the election. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (American-led raid prompts official protests), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Charged / Former Boeing Helicopters Executive - September 5th, 2008: "BOEING / Former exec [Anthony Forte] is charged ['in a loan kickback scheme']" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Surrenders / Former Credit Suisse Group AG Broker - September 5th, 2008: "SUBPRIME MORTGAGES / Ex-broker [Julian Tzolov - charged with fraud] surrenders [09/04/08]" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Stronger FDA Warnings / Remicade, Humira and Cimzia - September 5th, 2008: "The Food and Drug Administration ordered stronger warnings Thursday [09/04/08] on the drugs Enbrel, Remicade, Humira and Cimzia, widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses, saying they can raise the risk of possibly fatal fungal infections." [Based on: News Services article (FDA warnings), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/05/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 6th, 2008: "Stocks gained Friday [09/05/08], paring the worst weekly loss for the Standard & Poor's 500 index since May, on speculation Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. will raise capital and investor Barton Biggs' prediction the market is near a bottom. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks gain, trimming S&P's worst weekly loss since May), p. B11, S.L.P.D., 09/06/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Libya - September 6th, 2008: "Rice meets with Libyan leader [09/05/08]: 'It's a beginning' " [Based on: Title for Washington Post article (BAGHDAD / Iraqi leaders upset at revelations in book), p A21, S.L.P.D., 09/06/08]

2008 - Revelation / U.S. Espionage, Iraq - September 6th, 2008: "Iraqi leaders on Friday [09/05/08] expressed incredulity and disappointment over a report that U.S. officials had spied on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other top Iraqi leaders. [NP] Bob Woodward wrote about the espionage in his book, 'The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008.' " [Based on: News Reports article (BAGHDAD / Iraqi leaders upset at revelations in book), p A22, S.L.P.D., 09/06/08]

2008 - Deadly Avalanche / Egypt - September 7th, 2008: "CAIRO, EGYPT / Boulders kill 24 [09/06/08], bury more in shantytown" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

*Trivia: "A day after a massive piece of a cliff fell on homes in Cairo, Egypt, 39 people have been rescued and 32 bodies recovered, officials said Sunday [09/07/08]. Hundreds are believed trapped and unlikely to survive." [Based on: News Services article (Rockfall toll), p A18, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

2008 - Public Criticism / Sarah Palin - September 7th, 2008: "Palin tried to fire city's librarian [1996] / Attempt came after the woman, Mary Ellen Emmons, said she opposed censoring books." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article by Rindi White, p A15, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - Nuclear Trade Ban Status / India - September 7th, 2008: "The 45 nations that supply nuclear material and technology worldwide [Nuclear Suppliers Group] removed a major obstacle Saturday [09/06/08] to the passage of a landmark nuclear deal between the United States and India. [....] India has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. [NP] The deal, pushed by the administration of President George W. Bush, still needs approval from Congress, where it has caused divisions. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Group lifts nuclear trade ban on India / Deal would allow country to buy fuel for civilian energy use.), p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - More Public Criticism / Sarah Palin - September 7th, 2008: "Palin, now top critic of earmarks, wasn't always so / McCain has a zero tolerance policy against 'pork.' Some of the spending sought by Palin as mayor landed on his 'questionable' list." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article by Erika Bolstad, p A16, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Armenia & Turkey - September 7th, 2008: "Turkish President Abdullah Gul arrived in Armenia on Saturday [09/06/08], the first visit by a Turkish leader in the two nations' history." [Based on: News Services article (Armenian visit), p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - Production Workers Strike / Boeing Co. - September 7th, 2008: "EVERETT, WASH. / Boeing production workers go on strike [09/06/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike / Turks and Caicos Islands - September 7th, 2008: "Atlantic islands experience fury of Ike [09/06/08] / Category 4 hurricane had sustained winds of 135 miles per hour." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - Prime Minister Asif Ali Zardari / Pakistan - September 7th, 2008: "Bhutto's widower elected president of Pakistan [09/06/08] / Zardari [Asif Ali Zardari] faces challenges from insurgency, which struck on election day." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - Bailout or Takeover? / Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac - September 7th, 2008: "The widening housing crisis took center stage on the presidential campaign trail Saturday [09/16/08] after the Treasury Department confirmed to the candidates that it was preparing a seizure of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [NP] Speaking in Terre Haute, Ind., Democrat Barack Obama welcomed the move, saying the two entities had sought profits over the stability of their own companies, which are vital to U.S. mortgage lending. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Treasury plans Fannie, Freddie bailout) by Kevin G. Hall, p A19, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

*Trivia: "[....] The federal government will help pay for it all, with taxpayers' money. [....] When concerns emerged about the viability of Fannie and Freddie, the government thought it had no choice but to step in and take over. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Taxpayers will do heavy lifting in bailout / MORTGAGE BENEFITS? - Federal takeover of Fannie, Freddie offers many maybes.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike / Cuba - September 8th, 2008: "Hurricane Ike roared into Cuba on Sunday [09/07/08] after destroying houses and crops on low-lying islands and worsening the floods in Haiti that have already killed more than 300 people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Ike leaves battered Haiti, roars into Cuba as islanders evacuate), p A12, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike / Haiti - September 8th, 2008: "Gonaives, Haiti / New flooding kills 48, collapses vital bridge [09/07/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A18, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

*Trivia: "The official death toll from four storms that ravaged Haiti this summer has nearly doubled to some 800 people, authorities said Friday [10/04/08]." [Based on: News Services article (Storms' toll), p A20, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - Landslides / Philippines - September 8th, 2008: "Two landslides triggered by heavy rain buried more than 20 houses in a remote village in the Philippines, leaving at least 11 people dead and 19 missing, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Landslides), p A18, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - September 8th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:03:16 (UTC) on Monday, September 8th, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 20.028°S, 169.118°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ VANUATU." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wsaj.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - September 8th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:52:08  (UTC) on Monday, September 8th, 2008. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 13.514°S, 166.967°E; Depth 121.8 km (75.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ VANUATU." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wsbh.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Status / Large Hadron Collider - September 8th, 2008: "GENEVA - It has been called an Alice in Wonderland investigation into the makeup of the universe - or dangerous tampering with nature that could spell doomsday. [NP] Whatever the cause, the most powerful atom smasher ever built is set to be started up for testing Wednesday in Switzerland [09/10/08], an event eagerly anticipated by scientists worldwide. [NP] The multibillion-dollar Large Hadron Collider will come ever closer to re-enacting the big bang, the theory that a colosal explosion produced the universe. [....] The first beams of protons will be fired around the 17-mile tunnel to test the controlling strength of the world's largest superconducting magnets. It will still be about a month before beams traveling in opposite directions are brought together in collisions that some skeptics fear could create micro 'black holes' and endanger the planet. [....] The CERN collider is designed to push a proton beam close to the speed of light, whizzing 11,000 times a second around the tunnel 150 to 500 feet under the bucolic countryside on the French-Swiss border. [....] CERN dismisses the risk of micro black holes, subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Huge atom smasher, which some fear, is set to start up this week), p A18, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

2008 - More Federal Loans? / U.S. Automakers - September 8th, 2008: "Auto industry allies hope to secure up to $50 billion in government loans this month that would pay to modernize plants and help carmakers build more fuel-efficient vehicles. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Automakers seeking more federal loans), p A10, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

2008 - Liver at Risk? / Obese Youngsters, U.S.A. - September 8th, 2008: "In a new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teenagers have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (HEALTH & SCIENCE / Obese youngsters put liver at risk, experts say), p A15, S.L.P.D., 09/08/08]

2008 - "The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008" / Bob Woodward - September 8th, 2008: "President George W. Bush's administration has conducted an extensive spying operation on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his staff and others in the Iraqi government, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward. [NP] 'We know everything he says,' according to one of multiple sources Woodward cites about the practice in 'The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008' scheduled for release Monday [09/08/08]. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (U.S. spied on Iraqi leaders, new book says / Surveillance came as Bush worked to gain al-Maliki's confidence.) by Steve Luxenberg, p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/07/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike / Cuba - September 9th, 2008: "Ike rakes Cuba [09/08/08], then weakens; Gulf Coast states get ready / Hurricane kills 4 Cubans, but Florida Keys relax a but after course change." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 9th, 2008: "Stocks climbed Monday [09/08/08], adding to a rally across Europe and Asia, on speculation the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stabilize the global financial system battered by $507 billion in credit losses. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Global rally rolls after takeover of Fannie and Freddie), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Revelation / Hidden Tunnel, Iraq - September 9th, 2008: "Iraqi tip pays off with discovery of a tunnel / U.S. military believes insurgents planned to blow up provincial government HQ." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Convictions / British Bombing Plot - September 9th, 2008: "A jury on Monday [09/08/08] convicted three Britons of conspiracy to commit murder in an alleged al-Qaida plot to blow up passenger jets bound for North America but acquitted the accused ringleader and failed to reach a verdict for four others arrested. [....] Within months of the arrests in August 2006, Western anti-terror officials had put together a detailed portrait of the plot." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (3 Britons convicted over bombing plot / The accused ringleader and four others are not convicted.), p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Replaced CEO / Washingtom Mutual Inc. - September 9th, 2008: "Washington Mutual Inc., ravaged by losses from sour mortgages, replaced Kerry Killinger [with Alan H. Fishman] as chief executive of the nation's largest savings and loan on Monday [09/08/08], adding him to the growing list of banking bosses ousted by their boards. Its shares sank almost 22 percent. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (He joins a growing list of banking boses ousted by boards.), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Birth to Triplets / 59-Year-Old, France - September 9th, 2008: "Hospital officials in France say a 59-year-old woman has given birth to triplets after going abroad to get donated eggs. [NP] The Paris public hospital network said the two boys and a girl weighed between 4 pounds 9 ounces and 5 pounds 5 ounces and measured from 18.1 to 18.5 inches. [NP] The pregnancy prompted controversy in France. French law concerning egg donation excludes women over 42 from access to the procedure." [Based on: news Services article (PARIS / 59-year-old gives birth to triplets), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Georgia - September 9th, 2008: "Russia agrees to pull back troops in Georgia ['after 200 European Union monitors are deployed this month']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Venezuela - September 9th, 2008: "Russia's plan ['later this year'] to deploy ships and warplanes to the Caribbean for joint military exercises with Venezuela is allowing President Hugo Chavez to capitalize on tension between Moscow and the U.S. and showcase a growing military alliance. [....] The deployment is expected to be the largest Russian naval maneuvers in the Caribbean - and perhaps the Western Hemisphere - since the Cold War. [....] The U.S. government, however, appeared unconcerned. U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormak poked fun at Russia's navy, saying if Russia really intends to send ships to the Caribbean, 'then they found a few ships that can make it that far.' " [Based on: A.P. article (Venezuela welcomes military exercise by Russia), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/09/08]

2008 - Trivia / U.S. Doctors - September 10th, 2008: "[....] Fewer than one-fourth of medical students said they planned to practice medicine in an underserved area, the survey of 20,000 students sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges reported. [....] In a related survey of 1,200 graduating medical students also being published today, just 2 percent said they plan to become primary care physicians. Medical experts have long warned of a shortage of general practicioners as doctors choose more lucrative and less time-intensive specialties such as dermatology. [....]" [Based on: Article (Survey says new doctors are avoiding underserved areas / Only 2 percent say they want to be primary care physicians.), p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Job Cuts / Gannett Co. - September 10th, 2008: "GANNETT [Gannett Co.] / 100 managers cut [announced 09/09/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 10th, 2008: "Stocks tumbled Tuesday [09/09/08] as concern about Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s ability to raise capital rattled the banking industry and a drop in oil pushed energy companies down by the most in six years. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Commodities and Lehman Bros. drag market downward), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Trivia / Enron Lawsuit - September 10th, 2008: "Enron Corp. shareholders and investors will split about $7 billion from financial institutions accused of participating in the fraud that caused the energy company to collapse. [NP] The settlement amount was listed at $7.2 billion, a sum that has been accruing interest since 2002 and includes $688 million plus interest in attorneys fees. [NP] The deal, approved late Monday [09/08/08] by U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon, and the attorneys fees are the largest in history in a U.S. securities fraud case." [Based on: News Services article (ENRON LAWSUIT / Sharing shareholders), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Rebel Attack / Sri Lanka - September 10th, 2008: "Tamil Tiger rebels launched an air raid and a ground assault led by a team of suicide commandos on a military complex in northern Sri Lanka early Tuesday [09/09/08]. The military said 25 people, including a civilian, were killed in the attack." [Based on: News Services article (Rebel attack), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Errant Bomb / Afghanistan - September 10th, 2008: "A NATO bomb mistakenly hit a house 1 1/2 miles off target Tuesday [09/09/08], killing two civilians and wounding 10. Meanwhile, a roadside bomb killed an Afghan contract worker and three soldiers in the U.S.-led coalition elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan, the coalition said. No other details were released." [Based on: News Services article (Afghanistan), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Typhoon Sinlaku / Philippines - September 10th, 2008: "Typhoon Sinlaku draped the island of Luzon in the Philippines with some of its rain clouds on September 10, 2008 ...."

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15065&src=map]

2008 - Budget Cuts? / Airborne Laser - September 10th, 2008: "Boeing concerned by budget cuts on airborne laser" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Prime Minister Ousted / Thailand - September 10th, 2008: "BANKOK, THAILAND / Prime minister is ousted [09/09/08], at least for now" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Projected Federal Deficit / U.S.A - September 10th, 2008: "Just weeks before the government's fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday [09/09/08] projected a near-record deficit of $407 billion, sharply higher than White House projections six weeks ago and more than double last year's figure. [....] [....] The deficit projection also doesn't include the potential costs to taxpayers from last weekend's seizure of mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The budget office had estimated a takeover cost of $25 billion, although financial experts suggest that it could exceed $100 billion." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Analysts say neither candidate has plan to tackle mammoth federal budget deficit / Their proposals are likely to increase national debt, says Tax Policy Center.), p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Shrinking Rapidly? / Arctic sea Ice - September 10th, 2008: "This year will see the second-biggest loss on record of sea ice - a sign that the area of ice coverage is shrinking at a pace faster than once expected. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Arctic sea ice still shrinking rapidly), p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Iran - September 10th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:00:35  (UTC) on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 26.862°N, 55.801°E; Depth 15 km (9.3 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHERN IRAN." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wua9.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Tripos Acquisition / Pharsight Corp. - September 10th, 2008: "Tripos expands reach with $57 million buyout [Pharsight Corp. - 09/09/08]" [Based on: Article title, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Malfunction / Large Hadron Collider - September 10th, 2008: "The world's largest particle collider malfunctioned whithin hours of its launching to great fanfare, but its operator didn't report the problem for a week. [NP] In a statement Thursday [09/18/08], the European Organization for Nuclear Research reported for the first time that a 30-ton transformer that cools part of the collider broke, forcing physicists to stop using the atom smasher in Switzerland just a day after [09/11/08?] starting it up last week [09/10/08?]. [NP] The faulty transformer has been replaced." [Based on: News Services article (GENEVA / Huge new atom smasher broke down on first day), p A13, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

*Trivia: "The European nuclear research organization says repairs and the normal winter shutdown will delay until spring the startup of the world's largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider." [Based on: News Services article (Atom Smasher), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

*Trivia: "A bad electrical connection likely caused the malfunction that sidelined the world's largest atom smasher days after it was launched with great fanfare, a senior scientist said Monday [10/06/08] [NP] The fault was probably a poor soldering job on one of the particle collider's 10,000 connections, said Lyn Evans, project leader of the large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Nuclear Research Organization. [NP] Only one fault in 10,000 isn't bad, 'but it cost dearly,' Evans said. It will take at least two months for the repair." [Based on: News Services article (GENEVA / Electrical problem cited in atom smasher's failure), p A5, S.L.P.D., 10/0/08]

2008 - Shares Fall / Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. - September 10th, 2008: "Lehman shares fall [09/09/08] to lowest [$7.79] in 10 years / Selloff comes amid concerns that battered investment bank is running out of options." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

*Trivia: "Lehman wants to sell investment business / CEO Dick Fuld, battling to save the 158-year-old firm, says entire company could be sold." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Joe Bel Bruno, p C1, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Russian Presence? / Abkhazia and South Ossetia - September 10th, 2008: "Russia plans to more than double its military presence in the breakaway Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and station troops there indefinitely, officials said Tuesday [09/09/08], a day after President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to withdraw Russian forces from the rest of Georgia by Oct. 11. [....] Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was quoted telling Medvedev in a meeting that the two republics had agreed to host bases with about 3,600 Russian soldiers each." [Based on: News Services article (Russia will add troops in Georgian republics), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge - September 10th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:08:14  (UTC) on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 8.091°N, 38.748°W; 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/us2008wubm.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Settlement / Bear Stearns Cos. & EMC Mortgage Corp. - September 10th, 2008: "Bear Stearns Cos. and its EMC Mortgage Corp. subsidiary agreed to pay $28 million to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that they used unlawful practices to collect payments on risky house mortgage loans, the government agency said Tuesday [09/09/08]. [....] The issues occurred before JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s acquisition of Bear Stearns, which closed on May 30, the FTC said." [Based on: News Services article (BEAR STEARNS / Firm and unit, FTC settle), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/10/08]

2008 - Sunspot 1001 - September 11th, 2008: "A new sunspot is emerging near the sun's equator. "Finally!" says Pavol Rapavy who sends this picture from Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia. Readers with solar telescopes, take a look."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=11&month=09&year=2008] 

2008 - U.S. Sanctions / Iran - September 11th, 2008: "The administration of President George W. Bush slapped financial sanctions on Iran's largest sate-owned shipping line and its affiliates on Wednesday [09/10/08] for allegedly helping to transfer military-related arms and cargo." [Based on: News Services article (Iran sanctions), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 11th, 2008: "Stocks climbed Wednesday [09/10/08] as investors snapped up energy shares trading at their cheapest level in 18 months, while better-than-forecast earnings at FedEx Corp. buoyed industrial companies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (FedEx, energy shares give stock market a boost), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Russian Bombers / Venezuela - September 11th, 2008: "2 Russian bombers [Tu-160] arrive in Venezuela [09/10/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Japanese Troop Withdrawl / Iraq - September 11th, 2008: "TOKYO / Japan will pull forces ['air defense troops'] from Iraq, report [09/10/08] says ['gives no immediate timetable for the withdrawal']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Halmahera, Indonesia- September 11th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:00:02 (UTC) on Thursday, September 11th, 2008. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 1.865°N, 127.439°E; Depth 93.1 km (57.9 miles)] was located @ HALMAHERA, INDONESIA." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wvab.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Securities Buy Back / Bank of America Corp. - September 11th, 2008: "Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday [09/10/08] that it will buy back about $4.5 billion worth of auction-rate securities held by roughly 5,500 customers nationwide as part of a settlement agreement with Massachusetts regulators." [Based on: Article (BANK OF AMERICA / Buyback of securities), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Hokkaido, Japan Region - September 11th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:20:52 (UTC) on Thursday, September 11th, 2008. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 41.979°N, 143.625°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wvag.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Corporate Corruption / U.S. Interior Department - September 11th, 2008: "Federal office [Interior Dept. - Denver & Washington] tied to lavish gifts, sex / Investigation [more than two years and $5.3 million dollars] finds 'culture of substance abuse and promiscuity' and bid-rigging for oil firms." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Dina Cappiello, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Settlement / Former UnitedHealth Group Inc. CEO - September 11th, 2008: "[....] The $30 million will be added to the $895 million that UnitedHealth agreed to pay earlier this year to settle the lawsuit." [Based on: Article (UNITEDHEALTH Former CEO settles suit), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - No-bid Katrina Contracts Wasted Millions / FEMA - September 11th, 2008: "[....] It [A report by the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general] found that FEMA wasted at least $45.9 million on the four contracts ['for Hurricane katrina work'] that together were initially worth $400 million. FEMA subsequently raised the total amounts for the four contracts twice, both times without competition, to $2 billion and then $3 billion.]" [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / No-bid contracts for Katrina wasted millions), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/11/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 12th, 2008: "Stocks advanced Thursday [09/11/08] as transportation companies rallied on lower oil prices, while banking shares staged a comeback in the last half-hour of trading on speculation Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. will be bought. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Transportation, banking stocks lead market rally), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike / Gulf of Mexico - September 12th, 2008: "Ike's approach [Hurricane Ike] sets off flight [09/11/08] / Nearly 1 million along Texas coast are told to leave; others are urged to 'hunker down' as storm aims at Houston." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08] *Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15071&src=map

2008 - More Power to Agents / U.S. FBI - September 12th, 2008: "The Justice Department will unveil changes to FBI ground rules today that would put much more power into the hands of line agents pursuing leads on national security, foreign intelligence and even ordinary criminal cases. [NP] The overhaul, the most substantial revision to FBI operating instructions in years, would give the FBI's more than 12,000 agents the ability at a much earlier stage to conduct physical surveillance, sollicit informers and interview friends of people they are investigating without the approval of a bureau supervisor." [Based on: Washington Post article (FBI giving more power to agents), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - U.S. Casualty Toll / Afghanistan - September 12th, 2008: "Insurgents killed two U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Thursday [09/11/08], making 2008 the deadliest year for American forces since U.S. troops invaded the country in 2001 for sheltering Osama bin Laden. [NP] The deaths brought the number of U.S. personnel who have died in Afghanistan this year to 113, according to an Associated Press tally, surpassing last year's record toll of 111. [....] Some 33,000 U.S. troops are now stationed in the country, the highest level since 2001. Overall, more than 65,000 troops from 40 nations are deployed in Afghanistan." [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. casualty toll rises in Afghanistan / Anniversary of terrorist attacks is marked by New York National Guard troops, some of whom served at site of World Trade Center after the twin towers came down.), p A10, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Cuba - September 12th, 2008: "Cuba has turned down U.S. storm relief handouts but wants trade restrictions to be lifted so it can buy American materials to assist in its recovery from Hurricane Ike, officials said Thursday [09/11/08]." [Based on: News Services article (No handouts), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - September 12th, 2008: "[....] Bush acted in July [2008] to give U.S. forces greater leeway to cross from outposts in Afghanistan into the rugged area along the Pakistan border. Pakistan's government has little control in this area. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush OK'd raids into Pakistan, officials say), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Pirates Hold Hostages / Gulf of Aden - September 12th, 2008: "Pirates in the Gulf of Aden are holding nine ships with more than 100 passengers for ransom off Somalia, the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center said Thursday [09/11/08]." [Based on: News Services article (Held for ransom), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Heavy Debt Burden / American Red Cross - September 12th, 2008: "NEW YORK / Storms [hurricanes] leave Red Cross with heavy debt burden" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S., Bolivia & Venezuela - September 12th, 2008: "Venezuelan president expels U.S. ambassador [09/11/08] / A day earlier [09/10/08], Bolivia ordered the U.S. ambassador to leave ['Washington retaliated for the expulsion of Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg by telling Bolivia's ambassador, Gustavo Guzman, to leave.']" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Train Fire / Undersea Tunnel, English Channel - September 12th, 2008: "A fire broke out Thursday [09/11/08] on a train under the English Channel between England and France, injuring 14 people and shutting down traffic in the undersea rail tunnel, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Chunnel fire), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/12/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia Region - September 12th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:07:51 (UTC) on Friday, September 12th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 56.355°N, 164.066°E; Depth 15.4 km (9.6 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wwcp.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Car Bomb / Iraq - September 13th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / Car bomb [09/12/08] kills at least 32 ['wounded 43 others'] in commercial district [Dujail - a mainly Shiite town]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 09/13/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike / Texas - September 13th, 2008: "Many stay to take pounding / FACING A MONSTER: 600-mile storm batters coast [09/12/08], breaches levees, but thousands remain despite dire warnings." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/13/08]

*Trivia: "Houston / Death toll from Ike increases to 67" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 13th, 2008: "Most stocks gained Friday [09/12/08] as higher gasoline and metal prices lifted commodity producers, overshadowing concern that the government will balk at funding a bailout of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Higher gasoline, metal prices lead most stocks higher), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 09/13/08]

2008 - Tainted Milk Powder / China - September 13th, 2008: "SHANGHAI, CHINA / Milk powder inquiry [09/12/08] spurred by sick babies" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 09/13/08]

2008 - Train Collision / Los Angeles, California - September 13th, 2008: "A commuter train carrying 222 people collided head-on with a freight train during the Friday afternoon rush [09/12/08], killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and trapping an unknown number of others in a passenger car crushed by its own engine. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Trains collide in LA; death toll mounts), p A20, S.L.P.D., 09/13/08]

*Trivia: "Commuter engineer blamed in crash / Passenger train failed to halt at red signal, agency says: engineer is believed to have died in collision." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/14/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Stream - September 14th, 2008: "A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, due to arrive on Sept. 14th. Sky watchers from Alaska to Scandinavia should be alert for auroras: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/14/08]

2008 - Red Magnetic Moon - September 14th, 2008: "13-Moon Calendar Day: Red Magnetic Moon, Guided by Universal Water, KIN 209.

2008 - Fatal Bombing / Afghanistan - September 14th, 2008: "PAGHMAN, AFGHANISTAN / Taliban take credit for blast ['A remote-controlled bomb'] killing governor [09/13/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/14/08]

2008 - Ethnic Fighting / West Bank - September 14th, 2008: "BEIT JALLA, WEST BANK / Palestinian teenager is killed, 6 people injured [09/13/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/14/08]

2008 - Fatal Blasts / New Delhi, India - September 14th, 2008: "NEW DELHI / Shopping areas, park targeted [09/13/08] in fatal blasts ['killing at least 18 people and injuring at least 61']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/14/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / East Timor Region - September 14th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:00:11 (UTC) on Sunday, September 14th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 8.701°S, 126.842°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ EAST TIMOR REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008wyab.php] - [T.D. - 09/10/08]

2008 - Flooding / St. Louis, Mo. - September 15th, 2008: "IN ST.LOUIS AREA / 2 killed, flooding widespread [09/14/08]" [Based on: Title for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/15/08]

2008 - Violent Protests / Bolivia - September 15th, 2008: "Protestors step up violence in Bolivia [09/14/08] / President's control slips as his foes burn a town hall, blockade roads. At least 30 of his supporters are killed." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A15, S.L.P.D., 09/15/08]

2008 - Troubled Financial Companies? / U.S.A. - September 15th, 2008: "Big banks pool $70 billion to head off global panic [announced 09/14/08] / FIRMS FOUNDER Lehman Brothers says it will file for bankruptcy. / Deal for sale of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America is reported." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/15/08]

2008 - Fatal Bombings / Iraq - September 16th, 2008: "Bombings kill at least 35 in Iraq [09/15/08] / One of the attacks, by a female bomber [in Diyala], targeted police." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 16th, 2008: "A stunning makeover of Wall Street sent stocks down precipitously Monday [09/15/08], with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrials in their worst slides since September 2001. Investors recoiled after a shakeup of the financial industry that took out Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. [NP] Stocks erased more than $600 billion in value as financial shares in the S&P 500 decreased the most since at least 1989. American International Group Inc. sank 61 percent and Washington Mutual Inc. decreased 27 percent. Oil's plunge prompted a drop in energy stocks, and sent General Electric Co. down 8 percent. [....] The Standard & Poor's 500 declined 59 points, or 4.7 percent, to 1,192.70, the lowest level since October 2005. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 504.48, or 4.4 percent, to 10, 917.51. The Nasdaq composite index fell 81.36 or 3.60 percent, to 2,179.91 [....]" [Based on: Wire Services  article (Plunging stocks loosen bears in a Wall St. stampede), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Economic Decline / U.S.A. - September 16th, 2008: "More dominoes fall on Wall Street [09/15/08] / The Dow Jones industrial average fell 504.48, the worst single-day point drop for the index since it lost 684.81 on Sept. 17, 2001. / Broader stock indicators also fell. The Standard & Poor's 500 index declined 59 points. The Nasdaq composite index fell 81.36." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Getting Bigger / Bank of America - September 16th, 2008: "MERRILL LYNCH ACQUISITION / Bank of America is getting bigger / $50 billion stock purchase will create a bank that will rival Citigroup in assets." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - First Arrests / Tainted Milk, China - September 16th, 2008: "SHANGHAI, CHINA / First arrests in scandal over tainted [with melamine] milk powder [announced Monday - 09/15/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Chapter 11 / Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. - September 16th, 2008: "Lehman Brothers, a 158-year-old investment bank choked by the credit crisis and falling real estate values, filed for Chapter 11 protection in the biggest bankruptcy filing ever on Monday [09/15/08] and said it was trying to sell off key business units. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Lehman Brothers files biggest bankruptcy / Choked by credit crisis, investment bank seeks protection, will sell units.), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Trivia / American International Group Inc. - September 16th, 2008: "AIG can use subsidiary assets [$20 billion] to bail itself out" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Volcanic Activity / Redoubt Volcano, Alaska - September 16th, 2008: "AVO reported that on 16 September, a pilot flying downwind of Redoubt reported smelling a strong sulfur dioxide odor. A week later, residents of a cabin near Wadell Lake (25 km NE) reported loud noises coming from the direction of Redoubt. During an overflight on 27 September, scientists observed several fractures and circular openings in [...]"

[Based on: http://volcanoworld.wordpress.com/2008/10/] - [T.D. - 01/31/09]

2008 - Militant Attacks / Oil-Pumping Station, Nigeria - September 16th, 2008: "Speedboat-borne militants attacked an oil-pumping station in southern Nigeria with dynamite and other explosives Monday [09/15/08] in the third day of heavy battles between the armed forces and militant fighters. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (LAGOS, Nigeria / Militants in speedboats blast oil-pumping station), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Guilty Pleas / Ex-Execs, American Italian Pasta - September 16th, 2008: "[....] The executives were charged [pleaded guilty 09/15/08] with falsely creating accounting records that investors and accountants relied on to assess the dry pasta maker's financial health between May 2002 and December 2004." [Based on: Wire Services article (AMERICAN ITALIAN PASTA / Ex-Execs plead guilty), p C4, S.L.P.D., 09/16/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 17th, 2008: "Stocks rose Tuesday [09/16/08], helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index rebound from its steepest drop in seven years, as expectations grew that the Federal Reserve may rescue American International Group Inc. from collapse. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (AIG speculation helps stock market rebound), p. C4, S.L.P.D., 09/17/08]

2008 - Lawsuit / Tribune Co. - September 17th, 2008: "TRIBUNE / Journalists sue [09/16/08] Zell [Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell]" [Based on: Title for Article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/17/08]

2008 - Missle Test? / N. Korea - September 17th, 2008: "TOKYO / N. Korea said to test engine for big missle ['according to accounts published Tuesday  [09/16/08] in the South Korean press.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/17/08]

2008 - Missle Development? / Iran - September 17th, 2008: "The U.N. nuclear monitoring agency shared new photos and documents purporting to show that Iran tried to refit its main long-distance missle to carry a nuclear payload, said diplomats who attended the meeting Tuesday [09/16/08]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Data suggest Iran worked on nuclear missle), p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/17/08]

2008 - More Ground Troops? / Afghanistan - September 17th, 2008: "U.S. general in Afghanistan [Gen. David McKiernan] wants more ground troops" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/17/08]

2008 - U.S. Bailout / American International Group - September 17th, 2008: "U.S. will bail out AIG with $85 billion loan / THE REASON - Failure of giant insurer risks global financial crisis. / THE DEAL - For loan, U.S. gets 80 percent equity stake in insurer." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for New York Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/17/08]

2008 - Assumes Command in Iraq / U.S. Gen. Raymond Odinero - September 17th, 2008: "Petraeus hands over command in Baghdad [09/16/08] / Successor [Gen. Raymond Odinero], Gates warn of tough battles remaining." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/17/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 18th, 2008: "Stocks tumbled again Wednesday [09/17/08] as bank lending seized up in the wake of the government's takeover of American International Group Inc., raising concern that more big financial companies will fail. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports  article (Bank lending seizes up, market keeps on tumbling), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - E-Waste Exports / U.S.A. - September 18th, 2008: "[....] But there's a dark side to computer exports, in which children are threatened by open-air burning of hazardous metals and the 'acid baths' used to recover bits of gold, a Government Accountability Office report said Wednesday [09/17/08]. [NP] The report put the blame on the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the anti-pollution agency has done little to stem illegal exports of old computers and other e-waste by unscrupulous 'recyclers' to places like China and West Africa. [....]" [Based on: Washington Bureau Chief article (Report rips EPA over illegal e-waste exports / Overseas pollution, indentity theft: GAO says little is being done to stop 'recyclers' trafficking in old computers.) by Bill Lambrecht, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - Rocket Motor Explosion / Arkansas - September 18th, 2008: "EAST CAMDEN, ARK. / 1 dies after rocket motor ar Ark. plant explodes [09/17/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - Open Bridge / 35W, Minneapolis, MN - September 18th, 2008: "High-tech bridge [Interstate 35W] to open in Minneapolis] to open in Minneapolis [09/18/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

*Trivia:  "[....] The old bridge had three lanes in each direction, but the replacement has five." [Based on: News Services article (MINNEAPOLIS / New bridge opens to traffic in Minnesota), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Militant Attacks / U.S. Embassy, Yemen - September 18th, 2008: "16 die [19 as of 09/21/08] in attack at U.S. Embassy in Yemen [09/17/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - Aborted Missle Test / Honolulu, Hawaii - September 18th, 2008: "HONOLULU / Missle defense test [THAAD] in Hawaii aborted [09/18/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - Kadima Party Leader / Tzipi Livni, Israel - September 18th, 2008: "Foreign minister of Israel [Tzipi Livni] wins race [09/17/08] to be main party's [Kadima - an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party] new leader" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Central East Pacific Rise - September 18th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:41:03 (UTC) on Thursday, September 18th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 4.526°S, 106.017°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xcak.php] - [T.D. - 09/19/08]

2008 - Case Not Closed / 2001 U.S. Anthrax Deaths, U.S.A. - September 18th, 2008: "Anthrax suspect didn't act alone, senator says / Others must have been involved in lethal letters sent in 2001. Leahy asserts; case is not yet closed." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - Housing Development / WWII Weapoms Range, Orlando Florida - September 18th, 2008: "Orlando residents fret over old bombs / Housing development was built on uncleared WWII weapons range." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/18/08]

2008 - Tent Cities / U.S.A. - September 19th, 2008: "Robert Scott Cook, originally of Alaska, walks his dog through a tent city that has sprung up next to the homeless shelter in Reno, Nev., in June. Many agencies and advocacy groups are reporting the most visible rise in homeless encampments in a generation." [Based on: A.P. Picture Caption for A.P. article (A sign of the times: tent cities are springing up across country), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 19th, 2008: "Stocks rallied the most in six years Thursday [09/18/08] on prospects the government will formulate a 'permanent' plan to shore up financial markets, while regulators and pension funds took steps to curb bets against banks and brokerages. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Stocks rally most in six years on a new financial plan), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Credit Crisis Fix? / U.S.A. - September 19th, 2008: "CREDIT CRISIS FIX? / New plan fuels rally in stocks [09/18/08] / Bush team seeks OK to buy bad loans from banks." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Hurricane Recovery? / Cuba - "Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque declared Thursday [09/18/08] that U.S. trade sanctions are the biggest obstacle for Cuba's recovery after hurricanes Ike and Gustav." [Based on: News Services article (Cuba), p A13, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Stock Market Probe / N.Y. State - September 19th, 2008: "Probe [New York state] focuses on illegal tactics [short-selling] to drive stocks low" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Venezuela - "Venezueal and Russia have plans to cooperate on oil production, weapons and even wireless technology, the governments said as two visiting Russian Tu-160 bombers left for home on Thursday [09/18/08]. [....] Venezuela also has expressed interest in the new Su-35 fighter, due off assembly lines in 2010." [Based on: News Services article (Chavez and Russia will cooperate on oil, arms), p A13, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - FDA Gidelines / Genetically Engineered Animals - September 19th, 2008: "[....] The agency [FDA] has been reviewing genetically engineered animals and animal products since the early 1990s but had never formally or publicly clarified the approval process for bringing them to the marketplace. On Thursday [09/18/08], it issued guidelines for the first time. [....]" [Based on: Article (FDA sets rules for modified meat, fish / It will not require labeling, but the agency will regulate genetically engineered animals designed for human use or consumption.) by Georgina Gustin, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - U.S. Psychologists Ban / Military Detention Sites - September 19th, 2008: "The American Psychological Association has voted to ban members from taking part in interrogations at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other military detention sites where it believes international law is being violated." [Based on: News Services article (Psychologists ban), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Closed / Money-Market Fund, Putnam Investments - September 19th, 2008: "Putnam Investments on Thursday [09/18/08] suddenly closed a $12 billion money-market fund and announced plans to return investors' money after institutional clients pulled out cash despite the fund's lack of exposure to troubled financial firms such as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Run on fund brings closing by Putnam / $12 billion money-market fund is closed, and money will be returned to investors.) by Mark Jewell, p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/19/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 20th, 2008: "Stocks surged Friday [09/19/08] in the biggest two-day global rally in 38 years as the government announced plans to purge banks of bad assets and crack down on speculators who drove down shares of financial companies. [....]." [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (STOCK MARKET REPORT / Biggest two-day rally in 38 years), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 09/20/08]

2008 - U.S. House Raid / Adwar, Iraq - September 20th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / Iraq outraged at U.S. raid [09/19/08] that killed 7 ['including three women'] in house [Adwar]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A25, S.L.P.D., 09/20/08]

2008 - Melamine in Liquid Milk, China - September 20th, 2008: "Industrial chemical melamine found in liquid milk in China / Evidence mounts that adding chemicals to watered-down milk is widespread practice in China's dairy industry." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A26, S.L.P.D., 09/20/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Iran - September 20th, 2008: "TEHRAN, IRAN / Ayatollah [09/19/08]: Iran and Israel are on 'collision course' " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A25, S.L.P.D., 09/20/08]

2008 - Sunspot 1002 - September 21st, 2008: "A small sunspot emerges, flickers, and fades away in less than 48 hours, gathering attention once reserved for Jupiter-sized behemoths. Welcome to solar minimum. [NP] This SOHO animation, spanning Sept. 21st to 23rd, shows the fleeting appearance of sunspot 1002: [....] The real excitement about the active region was not its size or duration, but rather its polarity. The orientation of the sunspot's magnetic field identified it as a member of new Sunspot Cycle 24. Because the year 2008 has brought so many blank suns, some observers have wondered if we are ever going to climb out of the ongoing deep solar minimum. Sunspot 1002 is an encouraging sign that the 11-year solar cycle is indeed progressing, albeit slowly. "

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=24&month=09&year=2008]

2008 - Secret Nuclear Reactor? / Syria - September 21st, 2008: "Diplomats say partial results of samples tested by the International Atomic Energy Agency from a Syrian site bombed by Israel show nothing to back up U.S. assertions that the target was a secret nuclear reactor." [Based on: News Services article (Syrian test), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/21/08]

2008 - Suicide Blast / Islamabad, Pakistan - September 21st, 2008: " 'Cowardly attack' is condemned / At least 38 die [hundreds wounded] in suicide bombing [09/20/08] at Marriott Hotel in Islamabad." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/21/08]

2008 - Exploded WWII-Era Bomb / Austria - September 21st, 2008: "Austrian authorities say what initially appeared to be a small earthquake that rattled Vienna turned out to be the explosion of a large World War II-era bomb. [NP] Investigators think the bomb weighed up to half a ton. It had been buried for decades in the garden of a home in the Austrian capital, and no one knew it was there. No one was injured when it exploded." [Based on: News Services article (WWII-era bomb blast mistaken for quake), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/21/08]

2008 - Out of Commission? / Large Hadron Collider - September 21st, 2008: "The world's largest atom smasher - which was launched with great fanfare earlier this month - has been damaged twice and will be out of commission for at least two months, its operators said Saturday [09/20/08]. [NP] CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said Saturday that a large amount of helium had leaked into the 17-mile circular tunnel deep under the Swiss-French border that houses the Large Hadron Collider." [Based on: News Services article (GENEVA / Helium leak damages largest atom smasher), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/21/08]

2008 - Ordered to Preserve Records / Dick Cheney  - September 21st, 2008: "A federal judge on Saturday [09/20/08] ordered Dick Cheney to preserve a wide range of records from his time as vice president. [....] A private group, Citizens for responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is suing Cheney and the Executive Office of the president in an effort to ensure that no presidential records are destroyed or handled in a way that makes them unavailable to the public." [Based on: News Services article (Judge orders Cheney to preserve records), p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/21/08]

2008 - Resignation / President Thabo Mbeki, South Africa - September 21st, 2008: "Party forces S. African president to resign [09/20/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/21/08]

2008 - Police Raid / Arkansas Church - September 22nd, 2008: "FOUKE, ARK. / Six children in custody after porn raid [09/20/08] on church [Tony Alamo Christian Ministries]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 09/22/08]

2008 - Tainted Milk Cases Soar / China - September 22nd, 2008: "The number of children in China sickened by dairy products tainted with the banned industrial chemical melamine has jumped to nearly 53,000, the government said Sunday [09/21/08] as it vowed to crack down on those responsible for one of China's worst food safety scandals in years. [NP] More than 80 percent of the 12,892 children hospitalized in recent weeks were 2 years old or younger, the health Ministry said in a statement posted on its website late Sunday. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Tainted milk cases soar in China), p A15, S.L.P.D., 09/22/08]

*Trivia: "Tainted milk complaints began in December [2007]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Five-Nation Tour / Hugo Chavez - September 22nd, 2008: "President Hugo Chavez was starting a five-nation tour Sunday night [09/21/08] with a stop in Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro. From there he will go to China, Russia, France and Portugal." [Based on: News Services article (Chavez travels), p A15, S.L.P.D., 09/22/08]

2008 - Small Fire / Nuclear Plant, Michigan - September 22nd, 2008: "A small fire led to the shutdown of one of the two units at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan, utility officials said Sunday [09/21/08]. There was no release of radioactive material or other danger." [Based on: News Services article (Power plant fire), p A10, S.L.P.D., 09/22/08]

2008 - Helicopter Crash / Kenosha, Wisconsin - September 22nd, 2008: "A helicopter crashed through the roof of a house in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday [09/21/08], rolled down the staircase and out the front door, narrowly missing a sleeping family of five." [Based on: News Services article (Copter crash), p A10, S.L.P.D., 09/22/08]

2008 - Status Change / Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley - September 22nd, 2008: "Goldman, Morgan get OK [09/21/08] to change status / Last 2 big investment banks will come under Fed's oversight as they open commercial banks." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/22/08]

2008 - U.S. Soldier Accused / Iraqi Detainee Murder - September 22nd, 2008: "A soldier from Oklahoma is being accused of taking an Iraqi detainee to a remote desert location, stripping him, shooting him in the head and chest and then watching as another soldier set fire to the body." [Based on: News Services article (Soldier accused), p A10, S.L.P.D., 09/22/08]

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

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200809.html]

2008 - Trash Bomb / Iraq - September 23rd, 2008: "[....] Ahmed Khalid, a doctor at the Mosul hospital, and police officials said the hiospital had received the bodies of five children, ages six to 12 [09/22/08]. Three other children were wounded, the officials said. [....] At least 4,169 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bomb hidden in trash kills 5 children / Elsewhere, mass graves with about 20 bodies are found at former al-Qaida stronghold.), p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Car Attack / Israel - September 23rd, 2008: "A driver plowed a BMW into a group of soldiers at a busy intersection near Jerusalem's Old City late Monday [09/22/08], injuring 13 of them before he was shot to death, Israeli police and the rescue service said. [....] Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak released a statement demanding a speedup of procedures to allow the destruction of homes of Palestinian attackers 'to contribute to deterring potential terrorists.' Several years ago, an Israeli Supreme Court justice ruled that destroying houses does not deter attackers, and the practice was halted. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (13 Israeli soldiers injured in car attack / The driver, who was killed by a soldier, is said to be a Palestinian from east Jerusalem.), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Business News / U.S.A. - September 23rd, 2008: "MorganStanley: 20% stake is being sold to Mitsubishi / Deal cools Wachovia merger talks / Investment bank turned commercial is expected to raise $8 billion from sale. / Morgan Stanley will now be regulated by the Fed instead of the SEC." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p C1, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 23rd, 2008: "Volatility swept the financial markets again Monday [09/22/08] as investors grew nervous about an amorphous government plan to buy $700 billion in banks' mortgage debt. Stocks fell sharply, taking the Dow Jones industrials down more than 370 points, while investors sought safety in hard assets such as gold and oil, which at one point shot up more than $25 a barrel. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Stocks plunge as oil, gold ascend / Dow drops 372 - Investors are wary of government plan to buy $700 billion in debt. / Oil rises $16 a barrel - Flight to commodities, weakening of dollar drive up the price.) by Tim Paradis, p C1, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Typhoon Hugupit / China - September 23rd, 2008: "This visualization [see link], made with data from NASA’s QuikSCAT satellite, illustrates the power of Typhoon Hagupit as it moved towards the south China shore on September 23, 2008. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15079&src=map]

2008 - Trivia / U.S. Bailout Plan - September 23rd, 2008: "Sides edge closer to bailout plan / HOW MUCH IS $700 BILLION? - A COMPARISON: $859 billion - The war on terrorism, total spending since Sept. 11, 2001 / $460 billion - U.S. holiday retail spending, 2007 / $296 billion - South Africa's gross domestic product, estimated 2008" [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Washington Post article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Holy War? / North Africa - September 23rd, 2008: "The leader of al-Qaida in North Africa has called for Muslims to unite in holy war against the region's governments and issued new threats against Western targets including France, Spain and the U.S. [NP] The message decried a 'new colonial offensive' by the West in North Africa and warned Muslims not to back the local 'regimes of apostasy and treason.' It was signed by the leader of al-Qaida's North African offshoot." [Based on: News Services article (ALGIERS, ALGERIA / Al-Qaida exhorts region to unite against West), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Housing Payments / U.S.A. - September 23rd, 2008: "Housing is big chunk of income for many / A rising number of Americans - 7.5 million - spend half or more of their income on housing, data show." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Extremist Attacks / Pakistan - September 23rd, 2008: "ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / Bombers kill 9 [09/22/08]: Afghan official is taken hostage" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Losing Power? / Solar Wind - September 23rd, 2008: "Sept. 23, 2008: In a briefing today at NASA headquarters, solar physicists announced that the solar wind is losing power. [NP] 'The average pressure of the solar wind has dropped more than 20% since the mid-1990s,' says Dave McComas of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. 'This is the weakest it's been since we began monitoring solar wind almost 50 years ago.' [....]" [Based on: SCIENCE@NASA article (Solar Wind Loses Power, Hits 50-year Low), 09/23/08]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/23sep_solarwind.htm - [T.D. - 09/25/08]

2008 - Prime Minister Taro Aso / Japan - September 23rd, 2008: "Taro Aso, an outspoken conservative who campaigned with promises to stimulate Japan's flagging economy, was chosen Monday [09/22/08] by the governing Liberal Democratic Party to become prime minister. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (TOKYO / Party taps conservative for prime minister post), p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Resignation / Quality Czar, China - September 23rd, 2008: "China's quality czar [Li Changjiang] quits [09/22/08] amid tainted milk scandal" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Stepped Down / Circuit City CEO - September 23rd, 2008: "CIRCUIT CITY / Chief executive [Philip J. Schoonover] quits [09/22/08]" [Based on: Title for article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Back in TV Business / General Electric Co. - September 23rd, 2008: "GENERAL ELECTRIC / Back in TV business" [Based on: Title for article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Credit Rating Sinks / General Motors Corp. - September 23rd, 2008: "Fitch Ratings downgraded General Motors Corp.'s credit rating deeper into junk status Monday [09/22/08], saying the automaker faces headwinds in almost every direction and its liquidity could drop to 'minimum required levels' within the next year. [....]" [Based on: Article (GENERAL MOTORS / Credit rating sinks), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Plans Announced for Dubai / Bloomingdale's Stores - September 23rd, 2008: "Macy's Inc. has announced [09/22/08] plans to open its first Bloomingdale's stores outside the United States, in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates [February 2010]." [Based on: Article (MACY'S / Bloomingdale's to Dubai), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Hazardous Waste Concern? / St. Louis County, Missouri - September 23rd, 2008: "Officials in Florissant [Mo.] want hazardous waste in a Bridgeton landfill removed for fear it could be potentially hazardous to the environment and water supply. [NP] The council passed a resolution last week asking the Environmental Protection Agency to remove waste from the West Lake Landfill. The resolution specifically stated concerns that an earthquake or flooding could cause the waste to seep into the area's water supply. [NP] The materials in question are a byproduct of uranium processed by Malinckrodt Chemical Works from 1946 to 1957. [NP] The site is on the national priority list to ensure proper containment, but the waste would not be removed. Dan Wall, EPA project manager, said an Army Corps of Engineers study found the area can sustain a 500-year flood." [Based on: Article (St. Louis County / Hazardous waste a concern, city says), p B3, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Nomura Holdings Acquisition? / Asian Operations, Lehman Brothers Holdings - September 23rd, 2008: "Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan's largest brokerage, said Monday [09/22/08] that it has agreed to buy the Asian operations of bankrupt U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. The deal includes Lehman's businesses in Japan and Australia. [....] Meanwhile, Nomura also was close to clinching a deal for Lehman's Europe businesses, another person familiar with the matter said. Nomura's statement made no mention of the European operations." [Based on: A.P. article (LEHMAN BROTHERS HOLDING / Nomura buying Asian offices), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/23/08]

2008 - Trivia / Rick Davis - September 24th, 2008: "The lobbying firm of John McCain's campaign manager was paid $15,000 a month for several years until last month by one of two housing companies taken over by the federal government, a person familiar with the financial arrangement said Tuesday night [09/23/08]. [NP] That money from Freddie Mac to the firm of Rick Davis was on top of more than $30,000 a month that went directly to Davis for five years starting in 2000. The $30,000 a month came from both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the other housing entity now under government control because of the crisis in the financial markets. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (McCain manager's firm got Freddie Mac funds), p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2008: "Stocks fell Tuesday [09/23/08] in the market's worst two-day slump in six years on concern Congress will hold up a $700 billion bank bailout that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said is critical to preventing a recession. [....] The Dow Jones industrial average lost 161.52 to 10,854.17, erasing a 128-point rally. The Nasdaq composite index declined 25.64 to 2,153.34. [....]." [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Worries over fate of bailout send stocks downward), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Freed Prisoners / Myanmar - September 24th, 2008: "The military government said it freed 9,002 prisoners on Tuesday [09/23/08], including the country's longest-serving political prisoner, Win Tin." [Based on: News Services article (Myanmar), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - School Shooting / Finland - September 24th, 2008: "[....] On Tuesday [09/23/08], he [Matti Juhani Saari?] walked into a vocational college, the School of Hospitality, and opened fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs before shooting himself fatally in the head. At least two other people were wounded. [....] The gunman left two handwritten messages at the dormitory, saying he had planned the attack since 2002 and that he hated the human race, Neulaniemi [Jari Neulaniemi] said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Police knew of student who killed 10 in Finland), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Housing Prices Down / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2008: "U.S. housing prices take another step down / They drop 5.3 percent in July [2008] from a year earlier. Steepest decline was in West at 18 percent." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Swaps Market Trivia / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2008: "[....] The market for the swaps is huge: $62 trillion. While little-known to many individual investors, they are commonly used contracts to insure against the default of financial instruments such as bonds and corporate debt. But they are also bought and sold as bets against bond defaults - a buyer doesn't necessarily have to own a bond to buy the credit default swap that insures it. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS: $62 trillion market, no oversight) by Stephen Bernard, p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - U.S. Troop Status / Afghanistan - September 24th, 2008: "U.S. lacks more troops for Afghanistan [until spring 2009], Gates says [09/23/08]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Corporate Corruption? / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2008: "[....] The law enforcement officials said Tuesday [09/23/08] the FBI is looking at potential fraud by mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and insurer American International Group Inc. Additionally, a senior law enforcement officer said Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. also is under investigation. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Congress balks at quick bailout / Meanwhile, FBI investigates 4 financial giants whose collapse helped trigger the rescue plan) by Jeannine Aversa, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Downed U.S. Drone? / Pakistan - September 24th, 2008: "Pakistani soldiers and tribesmen shot down a suspected U.S. military drone close to the Afghan border Tuesday night [09/23/08], three intelligence officials said. [....] The United States challenged the account. 'We're not aware of any drones being down,' said a senior U.S. official. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Pakistani officials claim U.S. drone was downed), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Cash Infusion / European Banks - September 24th, 2008: "The European Central Bank and the Bank of England offered another $80 billion in cash on Tuesday [09/23/08] to shore up the shaky global financial system and keep liquidity flowing between banks. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (EUROPEAN BANKS / $80 billion cash infusion), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Investing Rules Relaxed / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2008: "The Federal Reserve made it easier Monday [09/22/08] for private-equity firms and other types of investors to take minority stakes in banks ['under certain cercumstances ... up to 33 percent equity stake in a bank'], a move that could usher new capital infusions to cash-hungry banks and help them cope with credit stresses. [....] Such an investment wouldn't constitute a controlling interest and thus wouldn't trigger regulatory oversight. Historically, stakes of 25 percent or more were viewed as triggering regulatory oversight." [Based on: Wire Reports article (BANKING / Investing rules relaxed), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Food Stamps Challenge / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2008: "The food stamps challenge: Eating on about $3.62 a day ['That's the allotment of food stamps for a disabled person in Missouri.]" [Based on: Title for Article by Doug Moore, p A5, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Investing Rules Relaxed / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2008: "The Federal Reserve made it easier Monday [09/22/08] for private-equity firms and other types of investors to take minority stakes in banks ['under certain cercumstances ... up to 33 percent equity stake in a bank'], a move that could usher new capital infusions to cash-hungry banks and help them cope with credit stresses. [....] Such an investment wouldn't constitute a controlling interest and thus wouldn't trigger regulatory oversight. Historically, stakes of 25 percent or more were viewed as triggering regulatory oversight." [Based on: Wire Reports article (BANKING / Investing rules relaxed), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Accidental Death / Sunni Leader, Iraq - September 24th, 2008: "U.S. soldiers accidentally kill Sunni leader [Jassim al-Garrout] in Iraq [09/23/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Startup Delay / Large Hadron Collider - September 24th, 2008: "The European nuclear research organization says repairs and the normal winter shutdown will delay until spring the startup of the world's largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider." [Based on: News Services article (Atom Smasher), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Third Quarter Sales Decline / Lennar Corp. - September 24th, 2008: "Lennar Corp., one of the nation's largest home builders, said Tuesday [09/23/08] that its sales in the third quarter plunged more than 50 percent and it doesn't expect the housing market to improve 'for some time.' [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (HOME BUILDING / Lennar's sales plummet), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Off the Coast of Mexico - September 24th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:33:05 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 17.635°N, 105.520°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFF THE COAST OF COLIMA, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xiai.php] - [T.D. - 09/25/08]

2008 - Class-Action Suit / Wal-Mart Stores, Massachusetts - September 24th, 2008: "Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, must face a class-action lawsuit by Massachusetts workers claiming the company forced them to work through breaks, the state's highest court ruled [09/24/08]. [...]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (WAL-MART / Class-action suit upheld), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Nomura Acquisitions? / Lehman Brothers Holding, Europe & Middle East - September 24th, 2008: "Nomura, Japan's largest brokerage, said Tuesday [09/23/08] that it would buy the European and Middle Eastern operations of Lehman Brothers - just a day after disclosing it had aquired the Asian units of the failed U.S. investment bank. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (LEHMAN BROTHERS HOLDING / Nomura buys two more units), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/24/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 25th, 2008: "Stocks fell for a third day on Wednesday [09/24/08] on concern lawmakers will derail a White House plan to bail out banks even as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned of 'grave threats' facing the American economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Stocks fall again amid Fed warning, stalled bank bailout), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 09/25/08]

2008 - Chinese Space Launch? - September 25th, 2008: "China's Shenzhou 7 spacecraft carrying a 3-man crew is set to launch just hours from now, around 1310 UT on Sept. 25th. During the three-day mission, Chinese astronauts, called taikonauts, will launch a small satellite and conduct their country's first spacewalk. Shenzhou 7 and the body of the rocket that launched it will be visible to the naked eye as they orbit Earth. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 09/25/08]

2008 - Trivia / U.S. Anthrax Suspect - September 25th, 2008: "Anthrax suspect's e-mail adds to mystery / Ivins [Bruce Ivins], who committed suicide, had sent himself a message [2007] saying he knew killer's identity, papers ['newly released court documents'] show" [Based on: Title  & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/25/08]

2008 - Quits / Guantanamo Bay Prosecutor - September 25th, 2008: "GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, CUBA / U.S. prosecutor [Army Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld] quits, backs defense of Afghani [Mohammed Jawad]" [Based on: Title  for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/25/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Western Xizang - September 25th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:47:12 (UTC) on Thursday, September 25th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 30.826°N, 83.463°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ WESTERN XIZANG."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xjad.php] - [T.D. - 09/30/08]

2008 - Prime-Time Speech / George W. Bush - September 25th, 2008: "BUSH PUSHES BAILOUT PLAN - PRIME-TIME SPEECH SOUNDS DIRE NOTE / 'Entire economy is in danger' / CONGRESS MUST ACT QUICKLY, BUSH SAYS - Warns of 'financial panic' at hand. / STILL STRUGGLING TO LINE UP SUPPORT - House GOP is proving the toughest sell." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Washington Post article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/25/08]

2008 - Elections Law Passed / Iraq Parliament - September 25th, 2008: "Iraq's parliament approves elections law [09/24/08]" [Based on: Title  for Washington Post article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/25/08]

2008 - Ousts Nuclear Inspectors / North Korea - September 25th, 2008: "North Korea ousts U.N. nuclear inspectors [the IAEA said 09/24/08]" [Based on: Title  for Los Angeles Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/25/08]

2008 - Died / Paul Newman - September 26th, 2008: Reportedly died [from lung cancer] this date in history, American actor [1925-2008], Paul Newman. He was 83. - D.R.D.

2008 - Nuclear Probe? / Syria - September 26th, 2008: "The United States asked the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency Thursday [09/25/08] for a fuller accounting of its probe of Syria's alleged efforts to secretly develop a plutonium-producing facility at a site bombed by Israel." [Based on: News Services article (Nuclear probe), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 26th, 2008: "Stocks advanced Thursday [09/25/08], led by banks, as Congress neared an agreement on a $700 billion bailout of financial institutions to help revive lending and credit markets. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Markets climb as deal nears on bailout plan), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Trivia / "Pies Descalzos" - - September 26th, 2008: "Shakira, a longtime activist for Latin America's poor children, plans to make her Columbian children's foundation a global one in the near future. [NP] Shakira said the foundation, called Barefoot (or Pies Descalzos in her native Columbia), will start focusing on children worldwide later this year. [NP] 'We have a model that works. Under less than $2 a day, we can provide a kid with top quality education and the nutrition that they need to be able to function and be able to learn, because a kid with an empty stomach cannot learn,' said the singer, a multiplatinum superstar known for hits such as 'Hips Don't Lie.' [NP] Shakira made the comments Wednesday [09/24/08] after appearing in New York at Columbia University with Spanish singing sensation Alejandro Sanz and the presidents of Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, El Salvador and Panama. The event focused on education, nutrition and health intervention for Latin American children." [Based on: News Services article (Singer Shakira to take kids' foundation global), p A12, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Low Staffing? / U.S. FDA - September 26th, 2008: "Low staffing may imperil FDA's food safety role" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - No Deal / U.S. Bailout Plan - September 26th, 2008: "NO DEAL - AS BAILOUT PLAN CRUMBLES, BUSH ISSUES WARNING: 'This sucker could go down' / 56 pct. [of Missouri voters] disapprove of the bailout / WHICH CANDIDATE WOULD THEY [Missouri voters] TRUST TO HANDLE THE CRISIS? 53 PCT. ARE NOT SURE." [Based on: Title & Subtitle forarticle, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Trivia / Chinese Astronauts - September 26th, 2008: "A crowd cheers Chinese astronauts (from left) Jing Haipeng, Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming on Thursday [09/25/08] before they were rocketed into orbit from the launching center in northwest China's Gansu province. Today [Friday] or Saturday [09/27/08], one of the astronauts will venture outside the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft for China's first spacewalk." [Based on: A.P. picture article (CHINESE CREW IN ORBIT), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Stem cell Research / U.S.A. - September 26th, 2008: "[....] The researchers said they found a safe way to coax adult cells to regress into an embryonic state, alleviating what had been the most worrisome uncertainty about developing the cells into potential cures ['published online Thursday (09/25/08) by the journal Science.']. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Research finds way to safely transform adult stem cells), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Typhoon Jangmi / Philippines - September 26th, 2008: "Typhoon Jangmi (also spelled Changmi) was spinning well off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines on September 26, 2008. The storm system was a Category 2 strength system, but forecasts by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center held that it could build to Category 3 or 4 (the latter being considered a Super Typhoon) with sustained peak winds of 220 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15083&src=map]

2008 - Environmental Case / Missouri - September 26th, 2008: "[....] The indictment ['officials said Thursday'] claims that after the Clinton Street plant [of Usona Metal Finishing Co.] closed in April 2007, Fredricks [Paul Fredricks] ordered about 100 drums of hazardous waste taken to the Cuba [Mo.] plant and dumped into the sanitary sewer there, the U.S. attorney's office said." [Based on: Article (ST. LOUIS / Plant owner is indicted in environmental case), p C4, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - "Friendship First" Concert / Israel - September 26th, 2008: "McCartney [Paul McCartney] performs first concert ['for some 40,000 fans] in Israel [09/25/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Bank Failure / Washington Mutual - September 26th, 2008: "THE LATEST FAILURE - FDIC SEIZES WASHINGTON MUTUAL; J.P. MORGAN CHASE TO BUY PARTS IN EMERGENCY SALE" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

*Trivia:  "Washington Mutual, the giant lender that came to symbolize the excesses of the mortgage boom, was seized by federal regulators on Thursday night [09/25/08]  in an 11th-hour bid to prevent the largest bank failure in American history. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (WaMu is seized by FDIC / THE DEAL - J.P. Morgan Chase gets branches and deposits in emergency sale. / THE FEAR - A collapse risked the severly depleted deposit insurance fund.), p B1, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - September 26th, 2008: "Pakistanis fire on U.S. helicopters [09/25/08] / Americans were escorting ground troops along Afghanistan's border." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - EU Ban / Baby Food with Chinese Milk - September 26th, 2008: "BEIJING / EU bans baby food with Chinese milk [09/25/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Corruption Charges / Sen. Ted Stevens - September 26th, 2008: "[....] Federal prosecutors allege [trial opening 09/25/08] that Stevens - one of Congress' most powerful Republicans and a patriarch of Alaska politics - lied on Senate forms about more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from a wealthy oil contractor and close friend, Bill Allen, who expected political favors in return. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Sen. Stevens was oblivious to fix-up costs, lawyer says), p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Mars Inc. Acquisition / Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. - September 26th, 2008: "Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. shareholders approved the sale of the company ['set to close Oct. 6'] to closely held Mars Inc. for $23 billion to create the world's biggest candy maker. [....]" [Based on: Article (WM. WRIGLEY JR. / Shareholders OK sale), p B2, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Senior Officers Disciplined / U.S. Fuse Error - September 26th, 2008: "WASHINGTON / Military disciplines 17 for warhead fuse error [fuses sent to Taiwan in 2006]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Public Protests / Eavesdropping Law, Sweden - S eptember 26th, 2008: "The Swedish government said Thursday [09/25/08] that it would restrict that nation's eavesdropping law after widespread public protests. The law gives a government surveillance agency powers to scan international phone calls, e-mails and faxes without a court order." [Based on: News Services article (Eavesdropping law), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - President Kgalema Motlanthe / South Africa - September 26th, 2008: "Kgalema Motlanthe, an intiapartheid activist, on Thursday [09/25/08] became the third president of South Africa since the end of white rule, vowing to foster unity in a country shaken by a power feud between its past and future leaders. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (South African president), p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/26/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 27th, 2008: "Stocks climbed Friday [09/26/08] as speculation that Congress will agree on a $700 billion bank bailout spurred a last-hour rally in financial shares, paring losses in the worst week for the Standard & Poor's 500 index since May. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Stocks rise on hope that bailout is coming), p. A40, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Deep Solar Minimum - September 27th, 2008: "Sept. 30, 2008: Astronomers who count sunspots have announced that 2008 is now the 'blankest year' of the Space Age. [NP] As of Sept. 27, 2008, the sun had been blank, i.e., had no visible sunspots, on 200 days of the year. To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go back to 1954, three years before the launch of Sputnik, when the sun was blank 241 times. [NP] 'Sunspot counts are at a 50-year low,' says solar physicist David Hathaway of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. 'We're experiencing a deep minimum of the solar cycle.' [....]"

[Based on: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30sep_blankyear.htm] - [T.D. - 10/01/08] 

2008 - No New Sanctions / Iran - September 27th, 2008: "UNITED NATIONS / No new sanctions are forthcoming [09/26/08] on Iran" [Based on: Title for Article, p A28, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Milk Scandal Trivia / China - September 27th, 2008: "BEIJING / List of tainted foods in milk scandal grows [09/26/08]" [Based on: Title for Article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Hijacked / Ukranian Vessel - September 27th, 2008: "MOSCOW / Somali pirates hijack weapons shipment [Ukranian vessel]" [Based on: Title for Article, p A28, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Cancelled / McCain Cancer Ad - September 27th, 2008: "WASHINGTON / MSNBC halts broadcast of ad [09/26/08] citing McCain's cancer" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - No Show / Subpoenaed Palin Aides - September 27th, 2008: "Subpoenaed Palin aides don't appear at probe [09/26/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - September 27th, 2008: "Pakistan to U.S. [09/26/08]: Stay away from border" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A29, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Status / U.S. Stimulus Package - September 27th, 2008: "Economic stimulus package passes House, dies in Senate [09/26/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A27, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - 1st U.S. Presidential Debate / 2008 - September 27th, 2008: "Rivals clash over financial crisis / Candidates debate who had best judgement on Wall Street, Iraq, other issues [09/26/08]." [Based on: Title for Boston Globe article, p A24, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Taken to Hospital / Sen. Edward Kennedy - September 27th, 2008: "Kennedy [U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy] taken to hospital [episode attributed to change in medications] briefly by ambulance [09/26/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Sadarist Protests / U.S., Iraq Security Pact - September 27th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / Sadrists [Shiites] protest against U.S., Iraq security pact [09/26/08]" [Based on: Title for Article, p A28, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Moderate Earthquake / Mindoro Philippines - September 27th, 2008: "A moderate earthquake [earlier listed as (strong) 6.1] occurred at 03:09:13 (UTC) on Saturday, September 27th, 2008. The magnitude 5.9 event [Location: 13.415°N, 120.507°E; Depth 81.9 km (50.9 miles)] was located @ MINDORO PHILIPPINES."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xlan.php] - [T.D. - 09/30/08]

2008 - Unexpected Problem / Hubble Space Telescope - September 27th, 2008: "NASA said Monday [09/29/08] that it is delaying its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope until next year because of a serious breakdown of the observatory in orbit. [NP] Space shuttle Atlantis had been scheduled to blast off in two weeks, but an unexpected problem with the Hubble appeared on Saturday night [09/27/08] when the telescope stopped sending scientific data. [NP] That potentially means a new repair issue for the astronauts to confront - one for which they haven't trained for or anticipated." [Based on: News Services article (Problems with Hubble delay shuttle mission), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Immunity from Alleged Torture? / CACI & L-3 Communications - September 27th, 2008: "Defense contractor CACI claims in court documents that it should be immune from lawsuits alleging torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, saying it was doing the U.S. government's work as a supplier of interrogators. [NP] Maryland-based CACI and another contractor, L-3 Communications, are accued in separate lawsuits of a conspiracy to torture detainees in 2003 and 2004." [Based on: News Services article (Firm claims immunity from Iraq torture lawsuits), p A22, S.L.P.D., 09/27/08]

2008 - Solar Prominence - September 28th, 2008: "A prominence of rare beauty is dancing along the sun's southeastern limb [09/28/08]. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=28&month=09&year=2008]

*Trivia: "By the standard of sunspot counts, solar activity is low. Maybe there should be a different standard: [....] NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft recorded this spectacular prominence on Sept. 29th. No sunspot was involved. A magnetic filament snaking around the sun's north pole suddenly became unstable and erupted, disgorging a cloud of hydrogen large enough to swallow a hundred Earths. [NP] How and why prominences erupt is a topic of ongoing research. The blasts are unpredictable, which is why today's sun is so full of promise: image. By the standard of prominences, solar activity is looking up." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/09/08]

2008 - Car Bombing / Syria - September 28th, 2008: "Syrian official calls blast killing 17 [09/27/08] a 'terrorist act' / Car bombing, which wounded dozens, struck civilians in area near security offices." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 09/28/08]

2008 - Trivia / Aleppo Codex - September 28th, 2008: "A quest is under way on four continents to find the missing pages of one of the world's most important holy texts, the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible known as the Crown of Aleppo. [NP] Crusaders held it for ransom, fire almost destroyed it and it was reputedly smuggled across Mideast borders hidden in a washing machine. But in 1958, when it finally reached Israel, 196 pages were missing - about 40 percent of the total - and for some Old Testament scholars they have become a kind of holy grail. [NP] Researchers representing the manuscript's custodian in Jerusalem now say they have leads on some of the missing pages. [....] A turning point in its history came three days after the U.N. passed the 1947 resolution to grant Israel statehood, provoking a mob to burn down the synagogue in Aleppo, Syria, that housed the Codex. Aleppo's Jews rescued the Codex, but in the ensuing years, the 10,000-strong community was uprooted and scattered around the world. [....] The Codex, on 491 parchment pages about 12 inches by 10 inches, was transcribed sometime around 930 A.D. by Shlomo Ben Boya'a, a scribe in Tiberias on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. Its completion marked the end of a centuries-long process that created the final text of the Hebrew Bible. [NP] It belonged to a Jewish community in Jerusalem until it was seized by the crusaders who captured and sacked the city in 1099. Ransomed, it made its way to Cairo, where it was used by the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, who declared it the most accurate copy of the Old Testament. [NP] The manuscript doesn't contain passages missing from other versions. Instead, its accuracy is a matter of details such as vowel signs and single letters that would only slightly alter pronunciation. But Judaism sanctifies each tiny caligraphic flourish in the Bible as a way of ensuring that communities around the world use precisely the same version of the divine book. That's why the Codex is considered by some to be the most important Jewish text in existence." [Based on: A.P. article (New hope in search for hebrew Bible pages) by Matti Friedman, p A13, S.L.P.D., 09/28/08]

2008 - Jewish New Year - September 29th, 2008: "Carol Rubin, director of Jewish Life at the Saul Mirowitz day School [St. Louis, Mo.] blows the shofar, a ram's horn, Monday at the school to usher in Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, which began at sundown Monday [09/29/08] and will conclude Oct. 8 with Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement. On Monday, pupils were encouraged to better themselves by 'casting off' the sins of the past year in an observance known as Tashlikh. [....]" [Based on: Picture article (JEWISH NEW YEAR) by Dawn Majors, p B3, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Baghdad Blasts / Iraq - September 29th, 2008: "At least 27 dead in Baghdad explosions [09/28/08] / In one blast, more than 50 people were injured, a police official said." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A17, S.L.P.D., 09/29/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Austria - September 29th, 2008: "Austria's far-right made huge gains in Sunday's parliamentary elections in a sign voters were disenchanted with the two main political parties which governed in a coalition for the past 18 months. [....] The center-left Social Democrats and the conservative People's Party, which formed the governing alliance that collapsed in July, both made their worst showing since the end of World war II. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Discontent fuels gains by far-right in Austria), p A17, S.L.P.D., 09/29/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Belarus - September 29th, 2008: "Candidates loyal to Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander G. Lukashenko, won the overwhelming majority of parliamentary seats on Sunday [09/28/08] in an election under scrutiny for signs that he was easing control over the country. Lukashenko is seeking better relations with the United States and the European Union." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Belarus), p A17, S.L.P.D., 09/29/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Venezuela - September 29th, 2008: "Russia will aid Venezuela's nuclear effort / Chavez says [09/28/08] he has accepted an offer from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to help build a reactor to produce energy." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A17, S.L.P.D., 09/29/08]

2008 - Major Earthquake / Kermadec Islands, New Zealand - September 29th, 2008: "A major earthquake occurred at 15:19:31 (UTC) on Monday, September 29th, 2008. The magnitude 7.0 event [Location: 29.872°S, 177.684°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xlan.php] - [T.D. - 09/30/08]

2008 - Proto Sunspots - September 30th, 2008: "Magnetic fields are poking through the sun's surface and struggling to form a pair of new sunspots. Their locations are indicated on this morning's SOHO magnetic map of the sun: [....] The magnetic orientation of the northern hemisphere proto-spot identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. The other spot near the equator may be a member of old Solar Cycle 23. During the long transition from one solar cycle to the next, it is not unusual to see members of both cycles on the sun at the same time. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 09/30/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Stream - September 30th, 2008: "Arriving earlier than expected, a solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras tonight." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 09/30/08]

2008 - Car Bomb / Lebanon - September 30th, 2008: "A remote-control car bomb packed with ball bearings ripped through a military bus Monday [09/29/08], killing four soldiers and a civilian, Lebanese officials said" [Based on: News Reports article (Tripoli blast), p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Oil Prices Drop / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2008: "Oil price plunges $10 on bailout plan vote" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Trivia / World Economy - September 30th, 2008: "The Federal Reserve and foreign central banks moved Monday [09/29/08] to pump billions of dollars to cash-strapped banks at home and abroad in a dramatic bid to break through a credit clog and spur lending. [....] Under one new step, the Fed will boost the amount of 84-day cash loans available to U.S. banks. The Fed is increasing the amount to $75 billion, up from the current $25 billion starting on Oct. 6. banks bid on a slice of the loans at an auction. [NP] That move will triple the supply of 84-day loans to $225 billion, from $75 billion, the Fed said. [NP] Meanwhile, the Fed will continue to make $75 billion worth of shorter, 28-day loans available to banks. [NP] All told, the total amount of cash loans - 84-day and 28-day - available to banks will double to $300 billion from $150 billion, the Fed said. [NP] Moreover, the Fed made an extra $330 billion available to other central banks. That boosted to $620 billion the total amount available to the central bank through currency 'swap' arrangements, where dollars are traded for their currencies. That total is up from $290 billion previously being made available through such arrangements. [NP] The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and other central banks are involved in those swap arrangements. [NP] 'We are experiencing a massive credit implosion,' said T.J. Marta, a fixed-income strategist at RBC Capital Markets." [Based on: A.P. article (Central banks throw new billions as lifeline) by Jeannine Aversa, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Market Trivia / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2008: "In a vote that shook the government, Wall Street and markets around the world, the House on Monday [09/29/08] defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, leaving both parties and President George W. Bush's administration scrambling to pick up the pieces. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 800 points [778 points], the most ever for a single day. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Front Page & A.P. article (RESCUE PLAN FAILS - WALL STREET TANKS / Fear rushes in / Another bank falters - Citigroup agrees to take over Wachovia's banking operations; Dow drops 299 points in first 30 minutes of trading / House votes - Wall Street relaizes bailout bill won't pass; Dow drops 373 points in 6 minutes), p A1, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2008: "U.S. stocks plunged and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index tumbled the most since the 1987 crash after the House of representatives rejected a $700 billion plan to rescue the financial system. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (ON WALL STREET / Dow slides 778, its biggest single-day point drop ever), p C1, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

*Trivia: "STOCK MARKETS PLUNGE AS HOUSE REJECTS BAILOUT 'Pretty much a nightmare' " [Based on: Business Page Title & Subtitle, p C1, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Three Superbanks / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2008: "The sale of Wachovia's deposits and other assets to Citigroup on Monday [09/29/08] leaves the nation with three superbanks, reshaping the U.S. banking landscape in the midst of unprecedented financial upheaval. [NP] For customers of those institutions - Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase - the consolidation may result in higher fees on everything from checking accounts to bounced checks and overdrafts, and lower interest-rate yields on deposit accounts, banking experts said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Latest deal reshapes U.S. banking / Consolidation into Big Three may mean higher fees and lower interest.), p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Shares Slide / Walgreens Co. - September 30th, 2008: "WALGREEN CO. / Shares slide [to $30.78] on results[09/29/08]" [Based on: Title for article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Last Edition / New York Sun - September 30th, 2008: "NEWSPAPERS / Sun setting on NY Sun ['Today's edition ... will be its last.']" [Based on: Title for article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Fatal Stampede / Hindu Temple - September 30th, 2008: "At least 80 people were crushed to death and more than 150 injured as thousands of pilgrims stampeded today [from a false bomb scare?] at a Hindu temple in the historic town of Jodhpur in western India, police said. [NP] Jodhpur Police Superintendent Malini Agarwal said severe overcrowding apparently caused the crush, as more than 12,000 people gathered at the temple to celebrate a Hindu festival." [Based on: News Reports article (JAIPUR, INDIA / Stampede at temple kills at least 80, police say), p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

*Trivia: "At least 168 people were trampled to death and more than 425 were injured in a massive stampede at a Hindu temple in the city of Jodhpur, officials said, the third such disaster in India in three months. [NP] With no crowd control, more than 12,000 people had gathered at dawn to celebrate Navratra, a nine-day Hindu festival to honor the Mother Goddess, Jodhpur Police Superintendent Malini Agarwal said. Witnesses said the early morning stampede began as false rumors of a bomb spread among the crowd. [NP] 'Everyone was yelling, "There's a bomb, there's a bomb," then I heard horrible screaming. It was the sound of total panic,' said Vikki Koshi, who manages Yogi's Guest House, near the temple. [NP] The temple's floor had become slippery when devotees in a men-only line broke hundreds of coconuts for offerings, officials said. 'Someone slipped,' Home Minister G.C. Kataria said. 'Then people just kept falling over one another.' Most of the dead were men. [NP] Also contributing to the pandemonium was a power outage and the collapse of a wall on the narrow path leading to the temple, officials said. [NP] Television images of the scene afterward showed chaotic crowds hoisting limp bodies through the air. Hysterical women slapped the faces of men, trying to revive them, and wept over their bodies as paramedics tried to push through the crowds. [NP] The stampede took place inthe Chamunda Devi temple, in the narrow passageways of the historic 15th-century Mehrangarh fort, a sprawling hilltop monument that overlooks the town."  [Based on: Washington Post article (False rumor of bomb at temple in India starts fatal stampede), p A12, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - Gas Shortage / Southeast U.S.A. - September 30th, 2008: "Motorists are rising before dawn so they can be at the filling station when the delivery tanker arrives. Some are skipping work or telecomuting. Others are taking the extreme step - for Atlanta - of switching to public transportation. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Gas shortage lingers in Southeast), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Militant Policeman / Afghanistan - September 30th, 2008: "Afghan policeman [Paktia province] kills U.S. soldier, wounds three [09/28/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Consumers Hoarding Cash / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2008: "YOUR SPENDING / Wall Street woes have consumers hoarding cash." [Based on: Title for article, p C1, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Prone to Depression? / Heart Patients - September 30th, 2008: "Heart patients regularly should be screened for signs of depression, the American Heart Association recommended Monday [09/29/08]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Depression screening is urged for heart patients), p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Tropical Storm Mikkhala / Gulf of Tonkin - September 30th, 2008: The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this photo-like [see link] image of Tropical Storm Mekkhala over Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand on September 30, 2008, shortly after the storm came ashore. Mikkhala hit Vietnam with winds of 100 kilometers per hour (63 miles per hour or 55 knots), according to estimates from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The storm has the distinctive round shape of a tropical cyclone and covers a large area from the Chinese border to southern Laos. [....]"

[http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15095&src=map]

2008 - "Country of Origin" Rules / U.S. Food Supply - September 30th, 2008: " 'Country of origin' labels give food a home / Consumers now will know where meats, produce and certain nuts come from under new rules." [Based on: Title for article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Second-Quarter Loss / Circuit City Stores Inc. - September 30th, 2008: "CIRCUIT CITY / Wider loss ['It's shares fell nearly 9 percent'] reported [09/29/08]" [Based on: Title for article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/08]

2008 - Sub-Tropical Storm Laura / Northern Mid-Atlantic - September 30th, 2008: "Laura formed as a slightly unusual sub-tropical storm in the northern mid-Atlantic on September 29, 2008. Subtropical storms are hybrids of tropical storm systems and extratropical storms, forming in cooler waters farther north (or south) of the usual hurricane formation regions. Laura formed quite far north, well away from major land masses. As of September 30, the National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm could hit Scotland by October 4. With peak sustained winds of around 95 kilometers per hour (55 miles per hour), Laura was a powerful storm, but not hurricane strength. It was unlikely that the storm would ever become a hurricane, but forecasters expected the storm to remain near its September 30 strength for several days. [....]"

[http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15092&src=map]

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