Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

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

  September 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - September 1st, 2009: "Sun [8 Virgo], Moon [1 Aquarius], Mercury [4 Libra], Venus [6 Leo], Mars [4 Cancer], Jupiter [19 Aquarius R.], Saturn [22 Virgo R.], Uranus [25 Pisces R.], Neptune [24 Aquarius R.], Pluto [0 Capricorn R.], Chiron [22 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200909.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 1st, 2009: "After giving the stock market solid gains during August, investors still worried about the economy backtracked a bit during the final day of the month. A plunge in China's main stock market sent a wave of selling around the world. But the S&P 500 ended August higher." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/01/09]

2009 - Flu Shots Begin / U.S.A. - September 1st, 2009: "Flu shots begin today [U.S.A.] / CVS, Walgreens are starting seasonal push early this year." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/01/09]

2009 - Yukio Hatoyama / Japan - September 1st, 2009: "New chief in Japan is question mark for the U.S. / Hatoyama has been vocal in criticizing the United States overe the global financial crisis." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 09/01/09]

2009 - Winter Forecast / U.S. Midwest - September 1st, 2009: "Almanac's forecast: Midwest will be an 'ice cold sandwich' " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 09/01/09]

2009 - SEC Proposition / Boardroom Dissidents? - September 1st, 2009: "Boardrooms fear invasion of Visigoths / SEC proposal to open elections to dissidents scares corporations." [Based on: Article title, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/01/09]

2009 - Boycott & "Buycott" / Whole Foods Market - September 1st, 2009: "Grocery caught in the crossfire / Whole Food's CEO's published piece on health care reform spurs boycott - and 'buycott.' " [Based on: Article title, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/01/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Erika - September 2nd, 2009: "Tropical Storm Erika formed from a strong tropical wave that moved off the coast of West Africa and into the Atlantic on August 26. As the wave propagated westward through the central Atlantic, shower and thunderstorm activity associated with the wave increased. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured the top image of the wave at 12:07 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (4:07 UTC) on September 1, 2009, before the system became a named tropical storm. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40065]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 2nd, 2009: "A stock market ripe for a pullback succumbed Tuesday [09/01/09], plunging when rumors of a bank failure revived investors' anxiety about the banking industry and the economy as a whole. Lackluster economic reports added to the mix. The Dow slid 185 points to 9,310.60." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/02/09]

2009 - Wildfire Season / California - September 2nd, 2009: "Wildfire near LA eases a bit / But Southern California could be in for a long wildfire season as the worst blazes typically flare up in fall and are driven by Santa Ana winds." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/02/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - September 2nd, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 Sep 2009 at 10:25:38 PM GMT is: $11,796,944,939,431.51. The estimated population of the United States is 306,848,928 so each citizen's share of this debt is $38,445.45. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.96 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. - 09/02/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Java, Indonesia - September 2nd, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 07:55:01 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009. The magnitude 7.0 event [Location: 7.778°S, 107.328°E; Depth 50 km (31.1 miles)] was located @ JAVA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lbat.php]-[T.D. - 09/02/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands, New Zealand - September 2nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:00:10 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 29.233°S, 178.831°W; Depth 261.3 km (162.4 miles)] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lbb1.php]-[T.D. - 09/02/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 3rd, 2009: "The stock market extended its slide as investors worried that a weak job market will trip up a recovery in the economy. A private report found that employment fell by 298,000 in August, more than expected. The Dow industrials lost 30 points to end at 9,280.67." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Trivia / SEC Laxness - September 3rd, 2009: "The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission repeatedly missed chances to catch Bernard Madoff's $65 billion fraud over 16 years by assigning inexperienced investigators and accepting 'implausible' explanations after catching him in lies, the agency's internal watchdog said. [....] Madoff, in an interview with Kotz [Inspector General H. David Kotz] said even he 'was astonished' when investigators failed to check records that would have exposed his scam. [....] Kotz didn't find that senior SEC officialds tried to improperly influence or interfere with inquiries. Nor did he find that an SEC employee's relationship with Madoff's niece had any effect on the examinations. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (SEC's laxness let Madoff evade detection) by David Scheer, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Space junk a concern - September 3rd, 2009: "A piece of space junk drifted toward the shuttle-station complex and its 13 astronauts Wednesday [09/02/09], though NASA officials said the threat would not delay an upcoming spacewalk. [NP] Mission Control kept close tabs on the piece of European rocket because there was a chance, however unlikely, it could come too close or even hit the linked space shuttle Discovery and international space station if their paths are not altered." [Based on: News Services article (Space junk a concern), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Record Fine / Pfizer Inc. - September 3rd, 2009: "Pfizer is fined $2.3 billion and branded a cheat [09/02/09] / Drugmaker gave doctors perks, pushed pills for unapproved uses." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Oil Find / Gulf of Mexico - September 3rd, 2009: "Giant pool of oil in Gulf [Tiber Prospect] stirs a buzz, but it'll be costly for BP to extract" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Assination Attempt / Pakistan - September 3rd, 2009: "Pakistani official [Hamid Saeed Kazmi] survives assassination attempt [09/02/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Unemployment Loans? / Missouri - September 3rd, 2009: "Unemployment benefits [Missouri] prompt state borrowing / Labor department projects $2.7 billion in loans over next five years." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kyushu, Japan - September 3rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:26:18 (UTC) on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 31.128°N, 130.051°E; Depth 161.5 km (100.4 miles)] was located @ KYUSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lbb1.php]-[T.D. - 09/03/09]

2009 - Companies boost profit, productivity by cutting - September 3rd, 2009: "Companies boosted their workers' productivity and their own profits in the spring mainly by slashing costs and capping their employees' pay. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Companies boost profit, productivity by cutting) by Martin Crutsinger, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Assassination / Afghan Intelligence Chief - September 3rd, 2009: "Blast [09/02/09] kills intelligence chief [- Dr. Abdullah Laghmani, 'The second-ranking intelligence official in Afghanistan']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Manufacturing Oversight / KV Pharmaceutical Co. - September 3rd, 2009: "KV Pharmaceutical plan gains FDA approval / Independent expert in drug manufacturing would have to review operations and certify compliance." [Based on: Staff Reports article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Scientist gets grant to study aging and Alzheimer's - September 3rd, 2009: "[....] 'It's easy to think of someone sitting around and then a rare snow storm comes along, and they go out and shovel and have a heart attack. The brain may be the same way ...,' Brewer [Research scientist Gregory Brewer] said. 'When the brain can't handle stress, it loses synapses and neurons, and then you can't remember things.' [NP] If Brewer's research can show a link, a key to prevention could be a healthy diet and physical exercise. [NP] 'The same things that the heart people have been pushing for a long time to give people a healthy heart may also give you a healthy brain,' Brewer said. [....]" [Based on: Article (Scientist gets grant to study aging and Alzheimer's / In the lab - Work at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield could lead to new ways to treat, prevent the disease.) by Michele Munz, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 09/03/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - September 4th, 2009: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=04&month=09&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 4th, 2009: "Investors pushed into stocks after a four-day slide but remained cautious ahead of a key government report on jobs. Stocks held to a tight range in light trading volume as some investors squeezed in late-summer vacations. The Dow rose 64 points to 9,344.61" [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/04/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Honduras - September 4th, 2009: "U.S. cuts aid ['all non-humanitarian aid'] to Honduras" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 09/04/09]

2009 - Uranium Enrichment / North Korea - September 4th, 2009: "North Korea says it's enriching uranium ['in the final stages']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 09/04/09]

2009 - Greenhouse gases quickly reversed Arctic cooling trend, scientists find - September 4th, 2009: "The Arctic was cooling for 1,900 years because of a natural change in Earth's orbit until greenhouse gas accumulation from the use of fossil fuels reversed the trend in recent decades, according to a study published Thursday [09/03/09] in Science magazine. [....] The warmth of the Arctic during the second half of the 20th century, is striking against the backdrop of the previous 1,900 years ... The second half of the 20th century was warmer in the Arctic than any other half-century of the last 2,000 years.' [....] One of the most important findings from the study was that its findings matched the output of the National Center for Atmospheric Research's climate-system computer model, Kaufman [Darrell Kaufman, a professor of geology and environmental science at Northern Arizona State University and the lead author of the study] said." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Greenhouse gases quickly reversed Arctic cooling trend, scientists find.), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 09/04/09]

2009 - Jobless rate / U.S.A. - September 5th, 2009: "Jobless rate is at highest [9.7 percent in August] since 1983" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/05/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 5th, 2009: "Stocks jumped in late trading Friday [09/04/09] after the government reported that the pace of job losses slowed in August to the lowest level in a year. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 96.66 points Friday to halve its loss for the week, ending at 9,441.27." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/05/09]

2009 - Appeals panel faults Ashcroft - September 5th, 2009: "Appeals panel faults Ashcroft [09/04/09] / Citizen [Lavoni T. Kidd, a.k.a. Abdullah al-Kidd] held after 9/11 [2003] and never charged sued [2005] former U.S. attorney general over Bush administration policies." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/05/09]

2009 - NATO Airstrike / Afghanistan - September 5th, 2009: "NATO airstrike [09/04/09] on tankers kills scores in Afghanistan ['Afghan officials said that as many as 90 people had been killed by the strike in a village south of Kunduz']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/05/09]

2009 - Civilians flee fighting in northwest Pakistan - September 7th, 2009: "Thousands of civilians have fled Pakistsn's northwest Khyber tribal region, where the latest military offensive killed 33 more suspected militants Sunday [09/06/09] [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Civilians flee fighting in northwest Pakistan / Attacks targeting militants in Khyber region destroy two training centers, kill 33 alleged insurgents.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/07/09]

2009 - Fatal Mudslide / Haiti - September 8th, 2009: "Fatal mudslide in Haiti [09/07/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/08/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombers / Iraq - September 8th, 2009: "Suicide bombers hit mosque [Shiite Mosque - 09/07/09] north of Baghdad" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/08/09]

2009 - UK court convicts 3 in airline plot - September 8th, 2009: "[....] The three men found guilty of conspiring to kill passengers and crew members aboard the flights were: Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, named by prosecutors as the plot's ringleader; Tanvir Hussain, 28,; and Assad Sarwar, 29, identified at the trial as the 'quartermaster' of the plot [2006], responsible for aquiring the equipment and assembling it at a 'bomb factory' in a London suburb. [....]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article (UK court convicts 3 in airline plot / They had planned to blow up at least seven planes as they flew over the Atlantic Ocean from London.), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/08/09]

2009 - Resignation / Prime Minister, Taiwan - September 8th, 2009: "Taiwan's prime minister quits [09/07/09 - 'the most serious fallout yet from Typhoon Morakot']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/08/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Dujuan / Coast of Japan - September 8th, 2009: "Dujuan was never a strong storm system, and it was quickly fading as it moved north parallel to the east coast of Japan on September 8, 2009. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40132]

2009 - Hurricane Fred - September 9th, 2009: "According to a bulletin released by the U.S. National Hurricane Center at 5 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time September 9, 2009, the eye of Hurricane Fred hovered over the Atlantic Ocean some 955 kilometers (595 miles) west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands. With maximum sustained wind speeds of 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour, Fred was a Category Three hurricane. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40143]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 9th, 2009: "Rising commodity prices and stirrings of corporate takeovers are making investors more optimistic about the economy. Stocks rose for the third straight day. Gold topped $1,000 an ounce for the first time since February. The S&P 500 rose 0.9 percent to 1,025.39." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/09/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Mujigae - September 9th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Mujigae hovered over the South China Sea, just west of Luzon, on September 9, 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40161]

2009 - Settlement / Merrill Lynch - September 9th, 2009: "The Texas state securities commissioner said Bank of America Merrill Lynch unit will pay up to $26.5 million to seven states in a settlement stemming from a Texas claim that the brokerage allowed unregistered salespeople to sell securities. [....]" [Based on: Article (Merrill Lynch to pay $26.5 million), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/09/09]

2009 - Holocaust Dispute / U.N. & Gaza - September 9th, 2009: "U.N. caught in Gaza dispute over study of Holocaust ['Gaza students won't learn about the Holocaust this year.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/09/09]

2009 - Gold Prices / Above $1,000 an Ounce - September 9th, 2009: "Q&A on spiking gold prices / Analysts say a weakening dollar and the fear of inflation are driving gold upward as the price exceeds $1,000 an ounce [09/08/09]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/09/09]

2009 - Falling Consumer Credit Debt? / U.S.A. - September 9th, 2009: "U.S. consumers sharply reduced their debt in July, posting another threat to the nascent recovery, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday [09/08/09]. [NP] Total seasonally adjusted consumer debt fell $21.55 billion, or at a 10.4 percent annual rate, in July to $2.47 trillion. [NP] The drop in credit in July is rewriting the record books. This is the sixth straight monthly drop - the longest consecutive string of declines in credit since the second half of 1991. [NP] Consumers have retrenched since the financial crisis hit in full force last September. Credit has fallen in every month except January. In percentage terms, the drop in credit is the biggest since June 1975. And on a year-on-year basis, credit is down 4.3 percent, the biggest drop since June 1944. [....] Economists said shrinking credit might strangle the recovery. [....] Fed data have shown that the value of both household net assets and net worth has plunged by about $12 trillion from the peak in mid-2007, he [Josh Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR] said, and households are struggling to get their balance sheets in order. [NP] 'Consumers are doing their best, but it took a long time to build up the debt and it is going to take a long time to work it off.' " [Based on: MarketWatch article (Falling credit may put crimp in recovery / Consumer debt continues downward as households struggle: 'There is no real way to put a positive spin on these data.') by Greg Robb, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/09/09]

2009 - Tornado & Mudslides / Brazil & Argentina - September 9th, 2009: "Tornado, mudslides hit Brazil, Argentina ['authorities said Tuesday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/09/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 10th, 2009: "The stock market extended its gains to a fourth day as the Federal Reserve said the economy was stabilizing. The Standard & Poor's 500 index reached an 11-month high as industrial stocks rallied. The index rose 7.98, or 0.8 percent, to 1,033.37." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/10/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Linda - September 10th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Linda swirled over the Pacific on September 10, 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40158]

2009 - Improving Economy? / U.S.A. - September 10th, 2009: "Fed says stress is easing / St. Louis district is only one not to report stable or improving economy." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 09/10/09]

2009 - Flash Floods / Istanbul, Turkey - September 10th, 2009: "31 dead in Istanbul [flash floods]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/10/09]

2009 - Netanyahu approves homes / Jerusalem - September 10th, 2009: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given the green light for hundreds of new homes in a Palestinian-claimed area of Jerusalem, officials confirmed, part of a gamble to mollify his restive coalition without sparking a major confrontation with the U.S. Whether this balancing act can succeed could become clearer this week with the arrival of U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell." [Based on: News Services article (Netanyahu approves homes), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 11th, 2009: "Investors poured money into stocks after a drop in unemployment claims and a spike in oil raised hopes for the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 80 points Thursday [09/10/09] to 9,627.48, its highest close since November." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/11/09]

2009 - Income falls, poverty rate rises / U.S.A. 2008 - September 11th, 2009: "The early impact of the worst recession since the 1930s pushed median income down, forced almost 2.5 million more people into poverty and left more Americans without health care in 2008, according to the annual survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. [NP] The poor performances of key economic and social indicators come as little surprise, since the recession officially began in December 2007. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Income falls, poverty rate rises) by Tony Pugh, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/11/09]

2009 - Rockets hit Israel - September 12th, 2009: "Two Katyusha rockets fired from southern lebanon struck northern Israel on Friday [09/11/09]. There were no injuries or damage, Israeli police said. The Israeli military responded by firing between 12 and 15 artillery shells toward the suspected launching site." [Based on: News Services article (Rockets hit Israel), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/12/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 12th, 2009: "Investors pulled money out of stocks after a five-day rally left the market at its highest levels in nearly a year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22.07,or 0.2 percent, to 9,605.41. The index closed Thursday [09/10/09] at its highest level since October." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/12/09]

2009 - Life Term / Ex-President, Taiwan - September 12th, 2009: "Ex-president of Taiwan [Chen Shui-bian, & his wife Wu Shu-chen] convicted [09/11/09], gets life term [corruption charges]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Carabobo, Venezuela - September 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:06:24 (UTC) on Saturday, September 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 10.622°N, 67.939°W; Depth 6 km (3.7 miles)] set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE CARABOBO, VENEZUELA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009llbc.php]-[T.D. - 09/14/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream? - September 13th, 2009: "A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on Sept. 13th or 14th. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope "

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=13&month=09&year=2009]

*Trivia: "[....] At this time of year, the interplanetary magnetic field near Earth tends to point south, an orientation that weakens Earth's magnetic defenses against the solar wind. Under such conditions, the slightest gust of solar wind can fuel a lovely display. Polar sky watchers should be alert for Northern Lights in the weeks ahead. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=14&month=09&year=2009]

2009 - Protestors / U.S. Capitol - September 13th, 2009: "A day of rallies and rebellion [09/12/09] / Tens of thousands march on Capitol [U.S.A.] to protest president's agenda." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/13/09]

2009 - Violence flashes through Afghanistan - September 13th, 2009: "Violence flashes through Afghanistan [09/12/09] Bombs, poison, gunfire kill dozens of civilians and security troops ['at least 39'], also 5 Americans." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 09/13/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Koppu - September 14th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Koppu was nearing landfall over southern China when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra captured this image [see link] on September 14, 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40178]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & China - September 14th, 2009: "China moves to retaliate against U.S. tire tariffs" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/14/09]

2009 - Taliban Killed / Western Afghanistan - September 14th, 2009: "Dozens of Taliban [about 50] reported killed in Afghan battle / Fighting occurs after ambush that killed 3 American troops and 7 Afghan soldiers." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 15th, 2009: "Stocks posted small gains and ended at their highest levels in nearly a year. The market initially sold off following a drop in overseas markets but recovered as investors seized on the dip to inject new money into stocks. The S&P 500 rose 0.6 percent to 1,049.34." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Died / Patrick Swayze - September 14th, 2009: "Reportedly died this date in history (after battle with pancreatic cancer): Actor, Patrick Swayze. He was 57.

2009 - Bad Publicity / ACORN - September 15th, 2009: "Senate pulls plug [09/14/09] on aid to ACORN / Vote [83-7] follows bad publicity resulting from hidden-camera video of activities." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Missle Strike / Pakistan - September 15th, 2009: "A missle fired from a suspected unmanned U.S. drone slammed into a car in a Pakistani tribal region close to the Afghan border Monday [09/14/09], killing four people, intelligence officials and residents said. [NP] The apparent American missle strike was the latest of more than 50 in the northwest region since last year aimed at killing top al-Qaida and Taliban leaders. Last month, the head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in one such strike." [Based on: News Services article (Missle strike kills four in Pakistan), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Obama talks tough to Wall St. - September 15th, 2009: "Obama talks tough to Wall St. [09/14/09] / He scolds financial industry for opposing overhaul and Cogress for dragging its feet." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Natural Gas Prices Up / U.S.A. - September 15th, 2009: "Natural gas prices jump 13 percent ['Natural gas prices spiked despite an enormous glut in supply. Natural gas prices settled Monday 33.7 cents higher at $3.297 per 1,000 cubic feet.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Audiotape / Osama Bin Laden? - September 15th, 2009: "New message [audiotape distributed online Sunday - 09/13/09] reported from Bin Laden" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

*Trivia: "Osama Bin Laden recommended three American books to his followers, Jane Henderson reported at STL.com/BookBlog: 'The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,' by Stephen M. Walt; 'Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,' by President Jimmy Carter; and 'The Apology of a Hired Killer,' which doesn't exist but from bin Laden's description is probably 'Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,' by John Perkins. The New York Times called it 'the book blurb from hell.' " [Based on: People article ('Book blurb from hell'), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - Islamic Militant Killed / Somalia - September 15th, 2009: "U.S. commandos kill Islamic militant [Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan] in Somalia [09/14/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - NBC Debut / "The Jay Leno Show" - September 15th, 2009: "Leno opens with ho-hum show in prime time / Debut [09/14/09] invokes many of the trappings of 'The Tonight Show' - but laughs are lacking." [Based on: Title for article by Gail Pennington, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Economic Slide? / St. Louis Missouri - September 15th, 2009: "St. Louis' economy shrank faster than almost any other region in the country in the second quarter, according to a new report out today from the Brookings Institution. [....]" [Based on: Article (Report notes quick economic slide here), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - U.S. Servicemen Killed / Afghanistan - September 15th, 2009: "Two U.S. servicemen are killed ['improvised bomb attack'] in Afghanistan [09/14/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Suspected Terror Cell / Queens, N.Y. - September 15th, 2009: "NYC houses [Queens, N.Y.] raided [09/14/09] in attempt to crack suspected terror cell / Suspicious behavior by Islamists led to search warrants; no arrests are made." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Guardian Angels / Hyde Park, St. Louis? - September 15th, 2009: "Guardian Angels look for support / Crime prevention group wants to patrol neighborhood here [St. Louis, Mo.], but police remain noncommittal" [Based on: Title for article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 09/15/09]

2009 - Super Typhoon Choi Wan / Philippine Sea - September 15th, 2009: "Choi Wan began as a tropical depression on September 12, 2009, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) east-southeast of Saipan. By September 15, the storm had become the third Category 4 typhoon of 2009 in the Pacific basin, and by September 16, it was the first Category 5 storm of the Pacific season. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) captured this image [see link] of Choi-wan at 9:20 a.m. local time on September 16 (23:20 UTC, on September 15), as the storm moved northwest over the eastern Philippine Sea after passing the Northern Mariana Islands. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40215]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 16th, 2009: "Better news on retail sales and manufacturing helped send stocks higher, as did comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that the recession is probably over. Materials and industrial companies rose. The Dow Jones industrials added 57 points to 9,693." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/16/09]

2009 - Mortars hit as Biden visits Iraq - September 16th, 2009: "[....] Two mortar rounds landed in an apartment complex [09/15/09] only a few hundred feet from the embassy compound, according to witnesses. [....] A third mortar apparently landed harmlessly on the banks of the Tigris River; the fourth also landed nearby. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Mortars hit as Biden visits Iraq), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 09/16/09]

2009 - "Very Likely Over" / U.S. Recession - September 16th, 2009: "The recession is 'very likely over,' Bernanke reports [09/15/09] / Moderate growth expected into next year, but jobs will continue to lag, he says." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/16/09]

2009 - Formal Reprimand / U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson - September 16th, 2009: "Wilson [Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.] is reprimanded [09/15/09] in House vote [240-179] / Tally largely follows party lines on lawmaker who shouted at Obama ["You lie!"]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/16/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 17th, 2009: "Investors barreled into stocks after an upbeat report on industrial production raised hopes that the economy is strengthening. Investors have been scooping up stocks for six months in anticipation of an economic rebound. The Dow rose to 9,791.71, a new 2009 high." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - Oceans are warmer - September 17th, 2009: "Oceans are warmer ['Ocean temperatures averaged 62.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the June-August period']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - FDA Warning / Phenergan - September 17th, 2009: "Phenergan [injected promethazine] to get warning" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - Richard Trumka / AFL-CIO - September 17th, 2009: "AFL-CIO elects Trumka [Richard Trumka] as new leader" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - Yemeni warplanes kill dozens - September 17th, 2009: "Yemeni warplanes hit a makeshift camp for civilians fleeing fighting between the government and Shiite rebels, killing dozens of people, witnesses said." [Based on: News Services article (Yemeni warplanes kill dozens), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - Industrial Production Rises / U.S.A. - September 17th, 2009: "Industrial production rises / August gains beat estimates, mark second straight increase since global recession hit." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - Charged / Former U.S. Anti-Drug Official - September 17th, 2009: "Former U.S. anti-drug official [Richard Padilla Cramer] stands accused [09/16/09] of acting as secret ally of drug lords in Mexico" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/17/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Easter Island Region - September 17th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:21:40 (UTC) on Thursday, September 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 29.112°S, 112.320°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)] set by location program] was located @ EASTER ISLAND REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lrck.php]-[T.D. - 09/19/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 18th, 2009: "A surprise drop in unemployment claims couldn't fuel another day of gains for the stock market. Traders found little in employment data, or in reports on housing and manufacturing, to provide new insight into the economy. The Dow fell 0.1 percent to 9,783.92." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/18/09]

2009 - Able to Make Bomb? / Iran - September 18th, 2009: "Iran is now able to make bomb [a nuclear bomb], agency [IAEA] report says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by George Jahn, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/18/09]

2009 - Top Terrorist Killed / Indonesia - September 18th, 2009: "A top terrorist [Noordin Muhammed Top] is killed in Indonesia [09/17/09]" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/18/09]

2009 - Cargo Ship / International Space Station - September 18th, 2009: "A brand-new Japanese space station cargo ship has arrived at its destination 225 miles above Earth. Astronaut Nicole Stott used the robot arm at the international space station to grab the 18-ton supply ship." [Based on: News Services article (Cargo ship arrives at space station), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 09/18/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Mindoro, Philippines - September 18th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:23:54 (UTC) on Friday, September 18th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 12.620°N, 120.492°E; Depth 20.2 km (12.6 miles)] was located @ MINDORO, PHILIPPINES."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lsap.php]-[T.D. - 09/19/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Du Jun - September 19th, 2009: "Du Jun, a former managing director for Morgan Stanley, was sentenced Friday [09/18/09] to seven years in prison in Hong Kong's biggest insider trading case." [Based on: A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/19/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 19th, 2009: "Investors popped the stock market's rally back in gear after analyst upgrades boosted optimism about the economy. Barclay's raised its estimate for growth in the nation's GDP for first three months of 2010 to 5 percent. The Dow rose to 9,820.20, a new 2009 high." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/19/09]

2009 - A request on interrogations - September 19th, 2009: "Seven former CIA directors asked President Barack Obama to quash a criminal probe of harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration. The seven former CIA directors included Michael Hayden, Porter Goss and George Tenet, who served under President George W. Bush; John Deutch and James Woolsey, who worked for President Bill Clinton; William Webster, who served under President George W. Bush; and James Schlesinger, who ran the agency under President Richard Nixon." [Based on: News Services article (A request on interrogations), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 09/19/09]

2009 - Conference condemns Israel - September 19th, 2009: "Overriding Western objections, a 150-nation nuclear conference passed a resolution directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years. Iran hailed the vote as a 'glorious moment.' The result was a setback not only for Israel but also for the United States and other backers of Israel, which had lobbied for 18 years of past practice - debate on the issue without a vote." [Based on: News Services article (Conference condemns Israel), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/19/09]

2009 - U.S. told to release Kuwaiti prisoner - September 19th, 2009: "U.S. told [09/17/09] to release Kuwaiti prisoner [Fouad al-Rabia - 'held as a war crimes suspect at Guantanamo since 2002.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 09/19/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / South of Baghdad, Iraq - September 19th, 2009: "7 killed [21 wounded] in Iraq bombing [Mahmoudiya, Iraq]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/19/09]

2009 - Suicide Car Bomb / Northwest Pakistan - September 19th, 2009: "29 killed [55 wounded] in Pakistan bombing [a two-story hotel on the outskirts of Kohat]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/19/09]

2009 - "Peace Without Borders" Concert / Cuba - September 20th, 2009: "Hundreds of thousands of Cubans flocked to sprawling Revolution Plaza on Sunday [09/20/09] for an open-air 'peace concert' headlined by Columbian rocker Juanes, an event criticized by some Cuban-Americans who say the performers were lending support to the island's communist government simply by showing up. [....] Juanes, who has won 17 Latin Grammy awards, more than any other artist, is known for his social activism. His first 'Peace Without Borders' concert in 2008 drew tens of thousands to the border between  Venezuela  and Columbia when tension  was high over a Columbian raid into neighboring  Ecuador that killed a leading Columbian rebel commander." [Based on: A.P. article ('Peace concert' in havana draws hundreds of thousands), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 09/21/09]

2009 - World Alzheimer Report - September 21st, 2009: "35 million suffering from some form of dementia, study [World Alzheimer Report] says / Worldwide figure is higher than scientists predicted in 2005." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/21/09]

2009 - CIA Buildup / Afghanistan - September 21st, 2009: "CIA buildup in Afghanistan rivals peaks during Vietnam, Iraq wars / Pressure mounts to improve intelligence on Taliban, which has increased attacks." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/21/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Bhutan - September 21st, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:53:05 (UTC) on Monday, September 21st, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 27.351°N, 91.425°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ BHUTAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lvap.php]-[T.D. - 09/21/09]

2009 - Happy Equinox - September 22nd, 2009: "Today, Sept. 22nd at 2118 UT (5:18 pm EDT), the sun crosses the celestial equator. This event marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere. It's also the beginning of aurora season around the poles. Happy equinox!" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=22&month=09&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 22nd, 2009: "Stocks mostly fell but ended off their lows as investors bought tech and health care names. A rising dollar ignited a sell-off in commodities, which hit energy and material shares. The S&P 500 fell 0.3 percent to 1,064.66. The Nasdaq rose 0.2 percent to 2,138.04." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/22/09]

2009 - Transit Warning / U.S.A. - September 22nd, 2009: "Fear of bombs leads to transit warning / Advisories are issued after the arrest of man [Najibullah Zazi] who authorities believe may have been plotting a terrorist attack on New York City subway trains." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/22/09]

2009 - Storms & Flooding / Southeast U.S.A. - September 22nd, 2009: "SE storms kill at least 6 [09/21/09] / Rain remains in forecast and flood alerts are posted in tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 09/22/09]

2009 - Reform or Bust / U.S. Financial Industry - September 22nd, 2009: "[....] What's wrong with financial-industry compensation? In a nutshell, bank executives are lavishly rewarded if they deliver big short-term profits - but aren't correspondingly punished if they later suffer even bigger losses. This encourages excessive risk-taking: Some of the men most responsible for the current crisis walked away immensely rich from the bonuses they earned in the good years, even though the high-risk strategies that led to those bonuses eventually decimated their companies, taking down a large part of the financial system in the process. [....]" [Based on: Article (Reform or bust / Economy - It's unclear, even now, whether Obama is willing to take on the bankers.) by Paul Krugman, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/22/09]

2009 - Sunspots - September 23rd, 2009: "[....] Two big sunspots [1026 & 1027] in one day? That hasn't happened in more than a year. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=23&month=09&year=2009]

2009 - Sun in Libra - September 23rd, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Libra." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200909.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 23rd, 2009: "A rebound in commodities is drawing investors back into stocks. Major indexes rebounded from a drop the day earlier. In an about-face, the dollar weakened and commodities bounded higher, lifting energy and material stocks. The S&P 500 rose 0.7 percent to 1,071.66." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 09/23/09]

2009 - New Wildfires / California - September 23rd, 2009: "New wildfires erupt in California [southern California - 09/22/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/23/09]

2009 - Terror Warning Expaned / U.S.A. - September 23rd, 2009: "Stadiums, hotels ['and entertainment complexes'] on alert [09/22/09] amid terrorism case" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/23/09]

2009 - Dust Storm / Sydney, Australia - September 23rd, 2009: "Yesterday [09/23/09], Sydney, Australia, experienced its worst dust storm in 70 years. The storm grounded planes, stopped traffic, and reduced visibility of familiar landmarks nearly to zero. Only one thing was easy to see in through the haze - sunspots: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=24&month=09&year=2009]

2009 - Banned / Flavored Cigarettes, U.S.A. - September 23rd, 2009: "FDA stamps out the sale of flavored cigarettes [09/22/09]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/23/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Macquarie Island Region - September 23rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:59:31 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 52.989°S, 159.966°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ MACQUARIE ISLAND REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lxah.php]-[T.D. - 09/25/09]

2009 - Closed for Security / U.S. Embassy, South Africa - September 23rd, 2009: "U.S. Embassy in South Africa ['and other American offices'] closes for security [09/22/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/23/09]

2009 - Bombs in Iraq - September 24th, 2009: "Bombs kill 10 in Iraq" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/24/09]

2009 - IRS cuts off ACORN - September 24th, 2009: "IRS cuts off ['severed ties with'] ACORN" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 09/24/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2009: "Investors were encouraged by the Fed's latest improved assessment of the economy, but not enough to propel the Dow Jones industrials past 10,000. Stocks closed lower as a brief rally followed the statement and then faded. The Dow fell 0.8 percent to 9,748.55." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 09/24/09]

2009 - Census Worker Dead / Kentucky - September 24th, 2009: "Census worker [Bill Sparkman] is found dead [near a Kerntucky cemetary, with the word 'fed' scrawled on his chest]" [Based on: News Services article (Census worker is found dead), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 09/24/09]

2009 - Senate Vote / Offshore Drilling, U.S.A. - September 24th, 2009: "Senate blocks offshore drilling [56-to-42]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/24/09]

2009 - Decline / Mexican Migration, U.S.A. - September 24th, 2009: "Economy reduces Mexican migration / Survey shows many return after not finding jobs." [Based on: Title for Hearst Newspapers article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/24/09]

2009 - Zelaya Complains of Torture / Honduras - September 24th, 2009: "Zelaya complains of torture / Deposed Honduras president claims 'Israeli mercenaries' are threatening him with death, says Obama administration should be taking a stronger stance in coup." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/24/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Off Coast of Jalisco, Mexico - September 24th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:16:24 (UTC) on Thurssday, September 24th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 18.982°N, 107.368°W; Depth 37.4 km (23.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009lyat.php]-[T.D. - 09/25/09]

2009 - C-Class Solar Flare - September 25th, 2009: "New-cycle sunspot 1026 is crackling with magnetic activity, and this morning it produced a C-class solar flare. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory's (SOHO's) extreme UV telescope recorded the action around 0100 UT on Sept. 25th: [....] If you thought that flare seemed small, you were right. It was about 100-times too weak too affect Earth. During Solar Maximum, such a minor eruption would probably go unnoticed and certainly unmentioned. But during the deepest solar minimum in almost 100 years, it's a big event. A C-flare! The blast raised no radio blackouts or radiation storms--only the hopes of solar observers for something more flamboyant. [....]"

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

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 25th, 2009: "A surprise drop in home sales and another slide in oil prices pushed investors to sell stocks Thursday [09/24/09]. Stocks slid fo a second day after a real estate group said existing home sales fell 2.7 percent in August. The S&P 500 fell 10.09, or 1.0 percent, to 1,050.78." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Trivia / Ice on Mars - September 25th, 2009: "A spacecraft orbiting Mars has spotted ice in several impact craters midway between the north pole and equator - the first time ice so close to the surface has been discovered so far south on the Red Planet. Instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter estimated that the newfound ice is 99 percent pure." [Based on: News Services article (Ice on Mars), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - AIDS Vaccine? / Thailand - September 25th, 2009: "AIDS vaccine surprise [Thailand]: It protects some people / Experts say it's not the endgame; 'This is just the beginning.' " [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Missle Strike / Pakistan - September 25th, 2009: "4 killed in missle strike in Pakistan ['A suspected U.S. missle strike']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Indicted / Najibullah Zazi - September 25th, 2009: "Jailed man [Najibullah Zazi] indicted [09/24/09] in alleged terror plot / 3 others urgently sought as authorities cite purchase of chemicals needed to make bombs." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - G-20 Summit / Pittsburgh, Pa. - September 25th, 2009: "Protestors greet G-20 summit [09/24/09]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Taliban widen Afghan campaign - September 25th, 2009: "Taliban widen Afghan campaign / Insurgents use base in Pakistan to coordinate fighting in north, west, U.S. officials say." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - ACORN faces another allegation - September 25th, 2009: "The embattled community activist group ACORN appears to be collecting charitable contributions through affiliate organizations that it then uses for impermissible lobbying and political activity, says the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee." [Based on: A.P. article (ACORN faces another allegation), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Kennedy Replacement / Paul Kirk - September 25th, 2009: "Kirk [Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Paul Kirk] will replace Kennedy, for now" [Based on: Title for Marketwatch article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Authorities thwart Illinois bomb plot - September 25th, 2009: "Authorities thwart Illinois bomb plot ['Michael C. Finton, also known as Talib Islam, was arrested Wednesday' - 09/23/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Cleanup Extension / Doe Run, Peru - September 25th, 2009: "Peru's congress has granted the financially troubled Doe Run Peru smelter a two-a-half year extension to reduce toxic emissions, allowing the company to miss a second deadline to clean up the Andean town of La Oroya. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (Doe Run gets more time), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Unsafe Drinking Water / U.S. Schools - September 25th, 2009: "Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country [U.S.A.] has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins. An investigation found that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states - in small towns and inner cities alike." [Based on: News Services article (Unsafe drinking water at schools), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/25/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - September 26th, 2009: "A solar wind stream buffeted Earth's magnetosphere on Sept. 26th. It was a gentle hit, but enough to spark a bright display of arctic lights. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/29/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 26th, 2009: "Stocks fell for a third day after disappearing reports on manufacturing and home sales further dampened enthusiasm about the economy. Durable goods orders fell in August while new home sales rose less than anticipated. The S&P 500 fell 0.6 percent to 1,044.38." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/26/09]

2009 - Trial begins / Ehud Olmert - September 26th, 2009: "Corruption trial begins [09/25/09] for former Israeli leader [Ehud Olmert]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/26/09]

2009 - Audiotape / Osama Bin Laden - September 26th, 2009: "Osama bin Laden demanded that European countries pull their troops out of Afghanistan in a new audiotape Friday [09/25/09], warning of 'retaliation' against them for their alliance with the United States in the war." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Bin Laden makes threat), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/26/09]

2009 - Uranium Enrichment Planr / Iran - September 26th, 2009: "Global response directed at Iran / Secret nuclear plant - Underground plant to enrich uranium is confirmed. / Tougher sanctions - G-20 weighs targeting oil and gasoline imports." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/26/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Ketsana / Philippines - September 26th, 2009: "More than a month's worth of rain fell in just 123 hours Saturday [09/26/09] as Tropical Storm Ketsana slammed ashore in the Philippines, killing at least 40 people and stranding thousands on rooftops in the capital's worst flooding in more than 42 years. [NP] A landslide and flash flooding in nearby Rizai province killed 35 people [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Storm hits the Philippines), p. A30, S.L.P.D., 09/27/09]

*Trivia: "[....] Over the next few days, death tolls climbed from dozens to over 200, with more casualties expected and search and rescue efforts continued. As of September 28, more than 100,000 people had taken refuge in evacuation centers, and more than 330,000 were believed to be affected. [....]"

*Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40346

2009 - Suicide Attacks / Northwestern Pakistan - September 27th, 2009: "Suicide attacks [two] in Pakistan ['killed 16 people and wounded more than 150']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 09/27/09]

2009 - Missle Tests / Iran - September 28th, 2009: "Iran reports short-range missles [09/27/09] hit targets in test / Intent is to show muscle before nuclear talks say analysts." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/28/09]

2009 - Socialist Victory / Portugal - September 28th, 2009: "Socialists retain power in Portugal [09/27/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 09/28/09]

2009 - Chancellor Angela Merkel / Germany - September 28th, 2009: "Merkel captures 2nd term in Germany [09/28/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 09/28/09]

2009 - Bombings in Iraq - September 29th, 2009: "Bombings in Iraq [09/28/09] kill 18 people ['and at least 58 others were wounded'] / Attacks come after lull because of Ramadan." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/29/09]

2009 - Record cash haul - September 29th, 2009: "U.S. and Columbian authorities seized $41 million in suspected drug money at Columbian and Mexican ports over the past two weeks - one of the largest seizures in the history of the countries' joint efforts, law enforcement officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Record cash haul), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/29/09]

2009 - Missle Tests / Iran - September 29th, 2009: "Iran says missles can now hit Israel / Government reports tests of longer-range weapons [09/28/09] that can 'target any place that threatens Iran.' " [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/29/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 29th, 2009: "A burst of corporate dealmaking gave investors a shot of confidence. Large acquisitions from Abbott Labs and Xerox vaulted shares of drugmakers and tech names higher, and the buying spread to other parts of the market. The Dow rose 1.3 percent to 9,789.36." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/29/09]

2009 - Intense Cosmic Rays - September 29th, 2009: "Planning a trip to Mars? Take plenty of shielding. According to sensors on NASA's ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) spacecraft, galactic cosmic rays have just hit a Space Age high. [NP] 'In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19% beyond anything we've seen in the past 50 years,' says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. 'The increase is significant, and it could mean we need to re-think how much radiation shielding astronauts take with them on deep-space missions.' [....]" [Based on: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/29sep_cosmicrays.htm]

2009 - Pulled / Facebook Poll - September 29th, 2009: "Facebook pulls poll ['that asked if President Barack Obama should be assassinated']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/29/09]

2009 - Prison Transfer / R. Allen Stanford - September 29th, 2009: "Financier [R. Allen Stanford] moved after prison fight [09/24/09 - 'He suffered a concussion, two black eyes and a broken nose, according to his lawyer.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/29/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Samoa Islands Region - September 29th, 2009: "A Major earthquake occurred at 17:48:11 (UTC) on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. The magnitude 8.0 event [Location: 15.558°S, 172.073°W; Depth 18 km (11.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SAMOA ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mdbi.php]-[T.D. - 09/29/09]

*Trivia: "[....] The waves were caused by an underwater earthquake greater than 8.0 magnitude that struck 125 miles south of Apla, Samoa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Dozens dead as tsunami hits Samoa / Waves were caused by a major underwater quake in Pacific; most alerts lifted; Japan posts warning.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2009: "A surprise drop in consumer confidence tripped up investors a day after a steep rally. Stocks fell after the Conference Board said its consumer confidence index fell to 53.1 in September. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 47.16, or 0.5 percent, to 9,742.20." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Dying of Stress? / Koalas - September 30th, 2009: "The koala, Australia's star symbol, is dying of stress. Koalas live in the rolling hills and flat plains where eucalyptus trees grow, because they need the leaves for both food and water. But as people move in, koalas are finding themselves with fewer trees, researchers say. The stress is bringing out a latent disease that infects 50 to 90 percent of the animals." [Based on: News Services article (Koalas stressing out), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Financial Divide? / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2009: "[....] The wealthiest 10 percent of Americans, those making more than $138,000 each year, earned 11.4 times the roughly $12,000 made by those living near or below the poverty line in 2008, according to newly released census figures. That ratio was an increase from 11.2 in 2007 and the previous high of 11.22 in 2003. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Wealthy, poor are even farther apart), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Dan Rather Suit Dismissed - September 30th, 2009: "A New York court dismissed Dan Rather's $70 million breach of contract suit against CBS Corp. The court said there was no breach of contract because CBS still paid Rather his $6 million annual salary after the disputed 2004 broadcast under the 'pay to play' provision of his contract." [Based on: News Services article (Rather suit is dismissed), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Norman Hsu - September 30th, 2009: "A federal judge has sentenced former Democratic fundraiser and convicted Ponzi-scheme operator Norman Hsu to more than 24 years in prison for violating campaign finance laws. His arrest led Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign to return more than $800,000 to donors linked to Hsu." [Based on: News Services article (Fundraiser is sentenced to 24 years), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Philippines - September 30th, 2009: "U.S. soldiers [two] killed in Philippines" [Based on: title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Being Dropped / Chirac Case - September 30th, 2009: "Chirac [Jacques Chirac] case ['alleged corruption scandal dating to his 1977-1995 tenure as Paris mayor'] being dropped" [Based on: title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Sewage Spill / Kansas City, Mo. - September 30th, 2009: "[....] The raw sewage - equal in volume to five Olympic-sized swimming pools - spilled into a tributary of the Blue River ['over the weekend'] about a mile from the Kansas City Zoo. The Blue River runs through parts of southern and eastern Kansas City. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (KC utility is cited over sewage spill), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Poverty Rate Trivia / Missouri - September 30th, 2009: "Poverty is on the rise in Missouri. Over the past nine years, the state's poverty rate has grown at more than double the national average. [....] In 2000, 8 percent of Missourians had income below the poverty line. That was well below the national average of 11.3 percent, or Illinois' rate of 11.5 percent. [NP] Last year, 13.3 percent of Missouri residents lived in poverty. That's above both the national rate of 13.2 percent and Illinois' 12.3 percent. The federal government defines poverty as an income of $18,310 or less for a family of three. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Left behind / Our view - Changes in Missouri's economy send more families into poverty.), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Child Labor Violations / Orem, Utah - September 30th, 2009: "The U.S. Department of Labor fined Western Wats, a market research company in Orem, Utah, for hiring three 13-year-olds and for working an additional 1,479 children ages 14 and 15 for more than three hours on a school day or more than eight hours on a weekend day, among other violations. The $550,000 penalty was among the highest of its kind ever assessed against a U.S. company, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Company is fined over child labor violations), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/30/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Southern Sumatra, Indonesia - September 30th, 2009: "A Major earthquake occurred at 10:16:09 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. The magnitude 7.6 event [Location: 0.789°S, 99.961°E; Depth 80 km (49.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mebz.php]-[T.D. - 09/30/09]

2009 - Flood Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable floods this year: at least 7. Number of deaths due to flooding: at least 274." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Volcano Trivia / 2009 - "Number of volcanic eruptions [and, or] notable volcanic events this year: at least 8. Number of reported deaths include: 0." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Avalanche Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable avalanche, landslide, mudslide or roof collapse events this year: at least 6. Number of reported deaths: at least 60" [D.R.D.]

2009 - "Hurricane" Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable storms this year include: at least 9 Tropical Storms, 5 Hurricanes, 11 Cyclones & 7 Typhoons. Number of reported deaths: at least 810. [deaths due to flooding are generally recorded under Flood Trivia]." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Earthquake Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable earthquakes [generally, 6.0 or above] in 2009: at least 91. [2008: at east 217; 2007: at least 171; 2006: at least 145; 2005: at least 110]. Number of reported deaths due to earthquakes in 2009: at least 305." [D.R.D.]

2009 - "Natural Disaster" Deaths / 2009 - "Number of reported deaths [generally, according to national (U.S.A.) news headlines] from natural disasters [not all illustrated this timeline] in 2009: at least 1,461." [D.R.D.]

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