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 2010

2010 - Astronomic Configuration - September 1st, 2010: "Sun [8 Virgo], Moon [3 Gemini], Mercury [13 Virgo R.], Venus [23 Libra], Mars [20 Libra], Jupiter [0 Aries R.], Saturn [4  Libra], Uranus [29 Pisces R.], Neptune [26 Aquarius R.], Pluto [2 Capricorn R.], Chiron [27 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E201009.html]

2010 - Typhoon Kompasu - September 1st, 2010: "The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of Typhoon Kompasu approaching the Korean peninsula and China from the East China Sea at 1:50 p.m. local time on September 1, 2010. The category 2 typhoon had sustained winds of 95 miles per hour at the time. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45603]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 1st, 2010: "The stock market ended its worst August since 2001 with meager gains Tuesday [08/31/10] after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed officials' increasing concern about the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5 points for the day." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/01/10]

2010 - U.S. Combat Role End / Iraq - September 1st, 2010: "As Iraq war winds down, 'It's time to turn the page' / Obama declares end to combat role [08/31/10], praises troops." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/01/10]

2010 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - September 1st, 2010: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Sep 2010 at 11:44:21 PM GMT is: $13,454,113,204,349.84. The estimated population of the United States is 309,035,951 so each citizen's share of this debt is $43,535.75. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.16 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. - 09/01/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 2nd, 2010: "Stocks jumped Wednesday [09/01/10] after surprisingly strong growth in U.S. and Chinese manufacturing allayed some of the worries that had been building over the global economy in recent weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 255 points on the first day of September." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/02/10]

2010 - Bombs kill 25 in religious procession in Pakistan - September 2nd, 2010: "Three bombs ripped through a Shiite Muslim religious procession in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday [09/01/10], killing 25 people and wounding about 150 others, officials said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Bombs kill 25 in religious procession in Pakistan), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/02/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 3rd, 2010: "Stocks rose Thursday, extending their gains from the day before, after reports on housing, manufacturing and jobs all indicated that the economy continues to grow. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 50 points, having jumped 254 on Wednesday. Broader indexes also rose." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 09/03/10]

2010 - Cap Removed / BP Oil Well - September 3rd, 2010: "Engineers removed on Thursday [09/02/10] a temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's blown-out well. No more oil was expected to leak. The cap was removed so crews could raise the blowout preventer that was below it." [Based on: News Services article (Cap removed), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/03/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is., Alaska - September 3rd, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:16:08 (UTC) on Friday, September 3rd, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 51.785°N, 176.010°W; Depth 50.8 km (31.6 miles)] was located @ ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010ata9.php]-[T.D. - 09/03/10]

2010 - Major Earthquake / South Island of New Zealand - September 3rd, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A major earthquake occurred at 16:35:46 (UTC) on Friday, September 3rd, 2010. The magnitude 7.0 event [Location: 43.530°S, 172.120°E; Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010atbj.php]-[T.D. - 09/03/10]

2010 - CME / Sunspot 1103 - September 4th, 2010: "Today around 1600 UT, active region 1103 near the northwestern limb of the sun exploded, hurling a massive coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. [....] The cloud is not heading toward Earth, although it is possible that the outskirts of the cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field in a few days. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/04/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 4th, 2010: "The stock market had its first winning week in a month thanks to better news on the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 128 points Friday, its fourth straight day of gains. The strong start to September marked a turnaround from a dismal August." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/04/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - September 4th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:52:01 (UTC) on Saturday, September 4th, 2010. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 17.270°S, 174.000°W; Depth 37.1 km (23.1 miles)] was located @ TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010auay.php]-[T.D. - 09/05/10]

2010 - Suicide Bomb / Quetta, Pakistan - September 4th, 2010: "New violence [09/03/10] kills at least 43 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan ['... 78 people were wounded and several were in critical condition.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 09/04/10]

2010 - Solar Flare - September 6th, 2010: "A little more than an hour ago, magnetic fields above sunspot 1105 reconnected, producing a brief but explosive C1-class solar flare. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/06/10]

2010 - Solar Wind - September 6th, 2010: "Earth is entering a solar wind stream, and this is causing geomagnetic activity around the poles. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/06/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1105 - September 6th, 2010: "It looks like the sun has developed rash. Sunspot group 1105 consists of more than 25 tiny spots scattered across an area some 40,000 km wide. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/06/10]

2010 - Mudslides / Guatemala - September 6th, 2010: "Mudslides in Guatemala kill dozens ['at least 38 people']" [Based on: News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/06/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm Hermine - September 7th, 2010: "Though Tropical Storm Hermine brought strong winds and tornadoes to parts of Texas when it moved inland on September 7 and 8, the storm’s greatest hazard came from heavy rainfall. Hermine moved slowly, allowing rain-producing clouds to linger and rain to accumulate. The heavy rains triggered widespread flooding, including major flooding on the Trinity River in the Dallas region, said the National Weather Service. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45731]

2010 - Flu shots urged for nearly all - September 7th, 2010: "Even before Labor Day could signal the traditional end of summer, the seasonal flu vaccine is available [U.S.A.], and health officials are urging nearly everybody to roll up their sleeves. [....] In the past, the vaccine was recommended for about 85 percent of Americans. Now, for the first time, the CDC is urging near-universal vaccination. Except those allergic to eggs, the growing medium for the flu vaccine, nearly all people older than 6 months should get the annual shot, the agency said. [....]" [Based on: St. Petersburg Times article (Flu shots urged for nearly all) by Letitia Stein, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/07/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - September 7th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 16:13:32 (UTC) on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 15.869°S, 179.261°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ FIJI REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010axa9.php]-[T.D. - 09/09/10]

2010 - Volcanic Activity / Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia - September 7th, 2010: "TANAH KARO, INDONESIA - An Indonesian volcano [Mount Sinabung] shot back ash three miles into the air early today - its most powerful eruption since springing back to life after four centuries of dormancy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Volcano gets more violent / Blast in Indonesia is most powerful one since activity resumed.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 09/07/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 8th, 2010: "Stocks closed lower Tuesday [09/07/10] following new worries about Europe's debt problems. Treasury prices rose and gold settled at a new high as investors sought out safe assets. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 107.24 points, or 1.0 percent, to close at 10,340.69." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/08/10]

2010 - Double Asteroid Flyby - September 8th, 2010: "It's a cosmic coincidence. Two asteroids, each about 10 to 15 meters wide, will fly past Earth within hours of one another on Sept. 8th. Although both are coming inside the orbit of the Moon, there is no danger of impact. At closest approach, 2010 RF12 will be 77,000 km (0.2 LD) away; 2010 RX30 will be even farther at 231,000 km (0.6 LD). Advanced amateur astronomers may be able to track the asteroids using these ephemerides. The fast-moving space rocks will shine like stars of 15th or 16th magnitude. Good luck, observers!"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=07&month=09&year=2010]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - September 8th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:37:38 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 20.699°S, 169.810°E; Depth 54.1 km (33.6 miles)] was located @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010aya2.php]-[T.D. - 09/09/10]

2010 - Solar Wind - Septemeber 9th, 2010: "Auroras are dancing around the Arctic Circle and some of them are purple. [....] More purple is possible tonight as a solar wind stream continues to buffet Earth's magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/09/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 9th, 2010: "Stocks resumed their rally Wednesday after a successful auction of Portuguese government debt eased worries about Europe's financial systems. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 46 points, and broader indexes also rose. European markets reversed their losses." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/09/10]

2010 - Fireballs Light Up Jupiter - September 9th, 2010: "In a paper published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, a group of professional and amateur astronomers announced that Jupiter is getting hit surprisingly often by small asteroids, lighting up the giant planet's atmosphere with frequent fireballs. [....] Professional astronomers at NASA and elsewhere have followed up on the amateur observations, hoping to learn more about the impacting bodies. According to today's Letter, first-authored by Ricardo Hueso of the Universidad del País Vasco in Spain, the June 3rd fireball was caused by an object some 10 meters in diameter. When it hit Jupiter, the impact released about one thousand million million (10^15) Joules of energy. For comparison, that's five to ten times less energy than the "Tunguska event" of 1908, when a meteoroid exploded in Earth's atmosphere and leveled millions of trees in a remote area of Russia. Scientists continue to analyze the Aug. 20th fireball, but think it was comparable in scale to the June 3rd event. [....]" [Based on: NASA Science / ScienceNews article (Fireballs Light Up Jupiter), 09/09/10]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/09sep_jovianfireballs/

2010 - State secrets trump plaintiffs - September 9th, 2010: "[....] By a six-to-five vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing an earlier decision, dismissed a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing subsidiary accused of arranging flights for the CIA's 'extraordinary rendition' program, as it is known. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of five former prisoners who say they were tortured because of the program - and that Jeppesen was complicit in their treatment. [NP] Judge Raymond C. Fisher described the case as presenting 'a painful conflict between human rights and national security.' But, he said, the majority had 'reluctantly' concluded that the lawsuit represented 'a rare case' in which the government's need to protect state secrets trumped the plaintiffs' need to have any day in court. [....] Among other policies, the Obama team has also placed a United States citizen on a targeted-killings list without a trial, blocked efforts by detainees in Afghanistan to bring habeas-corpus lawsuits challenging their indefinite imprisonment, and continued the CIA rendition program - though the administration says it now takes greater safeguards to prevent detainees from being mistreated. [....] It has been more than 50 years since the Supreme Court issued a major ruling on the state-secrets privilege, a judicially created doctrine that administrations of both parties have increasingly used to win dismissals of lawsuits related to national security matters - thereby shielding governmental actions from court review. In 2007, the court declined to hear an appeal of a similar rendition program case by the appeals court in Richmond, Va. [NP] The current case turns on the question of whether the executive branch can invoke the 'state secrets privilege' to shut down entire lawsuits, or whether it could only use it to withold particular pieces of sensitive information while allowing the litigation to go forward. In April 2009, a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit adopted the narrow view, ruling that the lawsuit should proceed. [NP] But the Obama administration appealed that ruling to the full San Francisco-based appeals court. And on Wednesday [09/09/10], the narrow majority endorsed the broader view. [NP] 'This case requires us to address the difficult balance the state secrets doctrine strikes between fundamental principles of our liberty, including justice, transparency, accountability and national security,' Fisher wrote. 'Although as judges we strive to honor all of these principles, there are times when exceptional circumstances creation irreconcilable conflict between them.' " [Based on: New York Times article (State secrets trump plaintiffs / Appeals court's decision in CIA case bolsters Obama's counterterrorism policies.) by Charlie Savage, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/09/10]

2010 - Consumer Borrowing / U.S.A. - September 9th, 2010: "[....] Borrowing dropped at an annual rate of $3.6 billion in July, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. That marked the 17th drop in credit in the past 18 months. [....] Borrowing on credit cards fell by 6.3 percent in July after a bigger 7.5 percent June decline [2010]. This category has now fallen for a record 23 consecutive months as Americans have struggled to repair household finances after the worst recession since the 1930s. [....]"[Based on A.P. article (Consumers cut back on credit card use again / July marked 23rd month in a row that borrowing has declined, putting a drag on the economy.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/09/10]

2010 - Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - September 9th, 2010: "On September 9, 2010 there were 1144 potentially hazardous asteroids."  [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/09/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Bio-Bio, Chile- September 9th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:28:02 (UTC) on Thursday, September 9th, 2010. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 37.005°S, 73.368°W; Depth 17.6 km (10.9 miles)] was located @ OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010azar.php]-[T.D. - 09/09/10]

2010 - CME - September 10th, 2010 "During the waning hours of Sept. 10th, a magnetic filament in the sun's northern hemisphere erupted: SDO movie. Unlike other recent eruptions on the sun, this one might affect Earth. Beacon data from NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft show a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) racing away from the blast site. The cloud could hit our planet's magnetic field in about two days. Stay tuned for more information and improved forecasts."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/11/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 10th, 2010: "Encouraging economic data helped stocks extend their September rally. The Dow 30 rose 0.3 percent after a report showed first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in two months. Another report showed the trade deficit narrowed in July." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B4, S.L.P.D., 09/10/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1106 - September 11th, 2010: "Old sunspot 1100 is returning after a two-week transit around the far side of the sun. It will probably be re-numbered "1106" by NOAA later today. Credit: SDO/HMI" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/11/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 11th, 2010: "Stocks edged higher Friday, extending a rally that began nearly two weeks ago, as investors bet that this summer's gloom and doom about the economy won't turn into a double-dip recession. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 47 points in very light trading." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/11/10]

2010 - Medal of Honor Winner / Hiawatha, Iowa - September 11th, 2010: "Iowa soldier wins Medal of Honor [the White House announced Friday - 09/10/10] / Afghan action [October 2007] makes Army sergeant [Salvatore A. Giunta] the first living recipient since Vietnam" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/11/10]

2010 - Advanced Car batteries / U.S.A. - September 13th, 2010: "Advanced car battery makers [U.S.A.] clear road for hybrid, electric vehicles" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/13/10]

2010 - Solar Wind - September 14th, 2010: "Last night, the sun's magnetic field near Earth tipped south. This opened a crack in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in and fueled a magnificent display of arctic Northern Lights: [....] This is the time of year when south-pointing magnetic fields from the sun frequently puncture our bubble of protection against the solar wind. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for equinox auroras." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/15/10]


2010 - Hurricane Igor - September 14th, 2010: "Hurricane Igor continued its westward trek across the Atlantic Ocean on September 14. At 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST) on September 14, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Igor was located roughly 710 miles (1,140 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands. Igor remained a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 135 miles (215 kilometers) per hour. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45780]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 14th, 2010: "Stocks extended their gains into a third week after central bank officials agreed on global requirements for how much money banks need to hold in reserve. China's report that its economy is robust also lifted stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 81." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/14/10]

2010 - U.S. makes arms deal with Saudis - September 14th, 2010: "The Obama administration is seeking a go-ahead from Congress to sell up to $60 billion worth of sophisticated warplanes to Saudi Arabia and could add another $30 billion worth of naval arms in a deal designed to counter the rise of Iran as a regional power. The deal would apparently represent the largest single U.S. arms sale ever approved." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. makes arms deal with Saudis), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 09/14/10]

2010 - U.S. reportedly has 324 metric tons of bomb-grade uranium - September 14th, 2010: "The Energy Department is holding 324 metric tons of bomb-grade uranium at the same time that the Obama administration is urging foreign nations to reduce or eliminate their stores of the material, according to a report to be released today by the nuclear watchdog group Project on Government Oversight." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. reportedly has 324 metric tons of bomb-grade uranium), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 09/14/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 15th, 2010: "Stocks gave up moderate gains and closed slightly lower after some worrisome economic news about Europe offset a government retail sales report that was better than expected. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 17 after having been up more than 40." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/15/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm  Fanapi - September 15th, 2010: "Fanapi strengthened from a tropical depression to a tropical storm on September 15, 2010. The following day, Fanapi strengthened into a typhoon. At 11:00 p.m. Taiwan time (15:00 UTC) on September 16, 2010, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Fanapi was located roughly 270 nautical miles (500 kilometers) south of Okinawa, Japan. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 knots (120 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 80 knots (150 kilometers per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45821]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 16th, 2010: "Stocks closed moderately higher as investors set aside a disappointing report on New York state manufacturing and focused instead on a national reading on industrial production. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46 and the other major indexes rose as well." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/16/10]

2010 - Whitman Self-funding at $119 million - September 16th, 2010: "California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman gave her campaign an additional $15 million, bringing her spending in the race to $119 million, shattering the record for most money ever spent by one political candidate on a single election in American history." [Based on: News Services article (Whitman self-funding at $119 million), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 09/16/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 17th, 2010: "Stocks finished mixed Thursday as a two-week rally lost momentum. News of planned layoffs at FedEx discouraged buyers. The S&P 500 index fell 0.4, or 0.04 percent to 1,124.66. The index is still up 7.2 percent for September, usually a weak month for stocks." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 09/17/10]

2010 - Hurricane Karl / Gulf of Mexico - September 17th, 2010: "By the morning of September 17, 2010, Hurricane Karl had strengthened to a major (Category 3) hurricane as it approached the Gulf Coast of Mexico. At 7:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Karl was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, and about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico. The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 120 miles (195 kilometers) per hour. A hurricane warning was in effect for the coast of Mexico from Veracruz to Cabo Rojo, and a hurricane watch was in effect for the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to La Cruz. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=45843]

2010 - U.S. poverty levels are spiraling upward - September 17th, 2010: "[....] The Census Bureau said 43.6 million people, or 14.3 percent of American residents, lived below the poverty line last year, compared with 13.2 percent in 2008 and 11.3 percent in 2000. [....] The increase would have been greater without growth in Social Security payments and unemployment insurance benefits, which kept several million more Americans from falling below the line. With the economy faltering, more elderly people also began collecting the federal retirement benefit, adding to the financial pressures on the program. [NP] The poverty threshold in 2009 was $10,956 for one person and $21.954 for a family of four. [....]" [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (U.S. poverty levels are spiraling upward / Some economists say Recovery Act tempered effects, but they worry that the situation could get worse.) by Don Lee, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/17/10]

2010 - 10 pct. increase in those lacking health insurance - September 17th, 2010: "The Census Bureau released on Thursday the latest figures on how many Americans were without health insurance in 2009: 50.7 million people, an increase of almost 10 percent from the 46.3 million people without coverage in 2008. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (10 pct. increase in those lacking health insurance), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/17/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan - September 17th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:21:15 (UTC) on Friday, September 17th, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 36.438°N, 70.787°E; Depth 220.4 km (137.0 miles) set by location program] was located @ HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010bhb1.php]-[T.D. - 09/18/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1108 - September 18th, 2010: "One of the biggest sunspots of new Solar Cycle 24 is rotating around the sun's southeastern limb. Presenting ... active region 1108: [....] Although the sunspot is big---the primary core is twice as wide as Earth--it has not yet produced any significant eruptions, only a smattering of B-flares and one C-class event. The quiet may be temporary. The sunspot's magnetic field harbors energy for major activity. NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of an M-flare during the next 24 hours." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/18/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 18th, 2010: "Stocks rose slightly Friday [09/17/10], extending a two-week rally that has lost some momentum in recent days. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 13 points, while the S&P 500 Index edged up less than a point. For the week, the Dow and S&P are both up 1.4 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/18/10]

2010 - India patrols Kashmir - September 18th, 2010: "India sent army troops into the streets of Kashmir as it intensified a crackdown on increasingly angry separatist protests in the region, where two more Muslim demonstrators were killed in clashes, police said." [Based on: News Services article (India patrols Kashmir), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 09/18/10]

2010 - Hurricane Karl / Mexico - September 19th, 2010: "Hurricane [Karl] kills at least seven in Mexico" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 09/18/10]

2010 - Car Bombs / Baghdad, Iraq - September 20th, 2010: "Three car bombs tore through Baghdad and the former insurgent strtonghold of Fallujah on Sunday, killing at least 36 people ... . [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Series of car bombs kills dozens in Iraq / The violence breaks a period of relative calm since end of Muslim holy month.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/20/10]

2010 - Officially Dead / BP Oil Well - September 20th, 2010: "BP oil gusher in gulf is declared [09/19/10] officially dead / Pressure test of cement plug is successful after relief well connected." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 09/20/10]

2010 - Close Encounter  / Earth & Jupiter - September 20th, 2010: "Tonight, Earth and Jupiter converge for their closest encounter until 2022. The giant planet will soar overhead at midnight, outshining everything except the Moon itself. Take a look!" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/20/10]

2010 - Tropical Storm Lisa - September 21st, 2010: "At 10 a.m. CDT, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami the center of Tropical Storm Lisa was located near latitude 18.1 north, longitude 31.7 west, moving slowly northward over the far eastern Tropical Atlantic. [....]" [Based on Nola.com article]

*Link: http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2010/09/tropical_storm_lisa_update.html

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 21st, 2010: "Stocks extended their September rally into a fourth week Monday. Buying accelerated after the S&P 500 index broke through the high end of its recent range. Technical analysts see that as a bullish sign for the market. The Dow rose to its highest close since May." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/21/10]

2010 - Southwestern Fireball - September 21st, 2010: "Last night (Sept. 21st) around 09:01 pm MDT, a dazzling fireball glided across the skies of New Mexico and west Texas. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/22/10]

2010 - U.S. Recession End / June 2009?  - September 21st, 2010: "Recession in rearview as of June '09 / Panel has spoken - Economic experts proclaim [09/20/10] last summer as point at which recession ended. / Strong reaction - Critics say announcement means little to people still struggling with losses." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/21/10]

2010 - Jupiter & Uranus Opposite Sun - September 21st, 2010: "Jupiter [28 Pisces R. ] is at opposition on Sept. 21st, meaning the giant planet will be directly opposite the sun [28 Virgo], soaring overhead at midnight with dazzling brilliance. In a coincidence of interplanetary proportions, Uranus [28 Pisces R.] is at opposition on the very same night! [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/18/10]

*Links: http://members.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E201009.html

2010 - Solar Storms can Change Directions - September 21st, 2010: "Solar storms don't always travel in a straight line. But once they start heading in our direction, they can accelerate rapidly, gathering steam for a harder hit on Earth's magnetic field. [....] So say researchers who have been using data from NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft to unravel the 3D structure of solar storms. Their findings are presented in today's issue of Nature Communications. [....]"

[Based on: NASA SCIENCE / Science News article (Solar Storms can Change Directions, Surprising Forecasters) by Byrne et al in the Sept. 21, 2010, issue of Nature Communications. Author: Dr. Tony Phillips, Credit: Science@NASA - See link.]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/21sep_zigzag/ 

2010 - Cost of dementia put at $604 billion - September 21st, 2010: "The global cost of dementia will likely exceed $604 billion this year, or 1 percent of the world's gross domestic product, a new report says. In a study to be issued today, European researchers estimate about 35 million people worldwide have dementia. They said that figure is likely to double every 20 years, to nearly 66 million in 2030 and 115 million in 2050." [Based on: News Services article (Cost of dementia put at $604 billion), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 09/21/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1109 - September 22nd, 2010: "Emerging sunspot 1109 poses a greater than 40% chance of C-class solar flares during the next 24 hours. Credit: SDO/HMI."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 09/22/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 22nd, 2010: "Stocks briefly rose Tuesday after the Federal Reserve said it is ready to do more to help the economy. But most major indexes fell after the central bank disappointed some investors by not taking any bold new actions." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/22/10]

2010 - City Leaders Accused / Bell, California - September 22nd, 2010: "City leaders [Bell, California] accused [arrested Tuesday - 09/21/10] of misspending $5.5 million" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 09/22/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 23rd, 2010: "Traders put the September stock rally on hold and moved into Treasurys and gold Wednesday, a day after the Federal Reserve said it was ready to take more action to boost the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21.72 points, or 0.2 percent, to 10, 739.31." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/23/10]

2010 - Fossils found in Utah - September 23rd, 2010: "Scientists said Wednesday they've discovered fossils in the southern Utah desert of two new dinosaur species closely related to Triceratops, including one with 15 horns on its head." [Based on: News Services article (Fossils found in Utah), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 09/23/10]

2010* - U.S. needs a jolt of inflation, Fed says - September 23rd, 2010: "U.S. needs a jolt of inflation, Fed says [09/21/10] / Consumer prices' 0.9 percent rise over 12 months matched a 44-year low." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 09/23/10]

2010 - Solar Wind - September 24th, 2010: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing auroras around the Arctic Circle. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [09/24/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 24th, 2010: "Stocks slumped Thursday [09/23/10] on disappointment about a surprise jump in unemployment claims and more signs of trouble for Europe's economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 77 points. The drop raised doubts about whether September's three-week rally would hold." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B4, S.L.P.D., 09/24/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 25th, 2010: "Stocks rose sharply Friday [09/24/10], giving the market its fourth straight week of gains. A big increase in orders to manufactured goods added to investors' growing optimism about the economy. The Dow jumped nearly 200 points, its first gain in three days." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 09/25/10]

2010 - 2 million displaced in Nigeria - September 25th, 2010: "An official in northern Nigeria says more than 2 million people have been displaced in a flood caused by gates being opened at two dams. He said 5,000 villages are affected." [Based on: News Services article (2 million displaced in Nigeria), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 09/25/10]

2010 - Levee fails in Wisconsin - September 27th, 2010: "Levee fails in Wisconsin [09/26/10] / In South Dakota, town prepares for rising Big Sioux River." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 09/27/10]

2010 - UFO's eyeing our Nuclear Weapons? - September 27th, 2010: "CNN: UFO's eyeing our Nuclear Weapons? (27/9/2010)" *Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5PVMr56Dtc

*Other Links: http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9026570

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 28th, 2010: "Stocks took a pause Monday [09/27/10] from their big September rally as worries about the financial sector offset excitement over a fresh round of corporate dealmaking. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 48 points in a late-day slide, but it's still up 8 percent for the month." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 09/28/10]

2010 - Solar Flare / Sunspot 1110 - September 28th, 2010: "This morning at 0948 UT, tiny sunspot 1110 unleashed a C1-class solar flare (SDO movie). The sunspot has started to grow and this event could herald a period of higher activity from the region." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [09/28/10]

2010 - U.S. intensifies air raids in Pakistan - September 28th, 2010: "[....] As part of its covert war in the region, the CIA has launched 20 attacks with armed drone aircraft in September, the most ever during a single month, and more than twice the number in a typical month. This expanded air campaign comes as top officials are racing to stem the rise of U.S. casualties before the comprehensive review by the administration of President Barack Obama of its Afghanistan strategy, set for December. [....] Beyond the CIA drone strikes, the war in the region is escalating in other ways. In recent days, U.S. military helicopters have launched three airstrikes into Pakistan that military officials estimate killed more than 50 people suspected of being members of the militant group known as the Haqqani network, which is responsible for a spate of deadly attacks against U.S. troops. Pakistani officials have criticized the helicopter attacks, saying that NATO's mandate in Afghanistan does not extend across the border into Pakistan." [Based on: New York Times article (U.S. intensifies air raids in Pakistan / Taliban strongholds are targeted by drones, military helicopters.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 09/28/10]

2010 - Solar Wind - September 29th, 2010: "A ~500 km/s solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field. Sky watchers around the Arctic Circle should be alert for Northern Lights."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [09/29/10]

2010 - Sunspot Trivia - September 29th, 2010: "During the past 24 hours, sunspot 1110 has increased in size more than 10-fold. [....] Although it is still small compared to behemoth sunspot 1109 right behind it, sunspot 1110 is much more active. Reconnection events in the sunspot's magnetic canopy have produced at least two C-class solar flares since yesterday (SDO movies: #1, #2). The eruptions were brief and did not hurl significant clouds of plasma toward Earth. If the sunspot continues to grow, however, future eruptions could become geoeffective." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [09/29/10]

2010 - Died / Tony Curtis - September 29th, 2010: "[....] ... died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at his home in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas. He was 85. [....]" [Based on New York Times article (Popular, handsome movie star gained acclaim in dramas such as 'The Defiant Ones' and comedies such as 'Some Like It Hot.'), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 10/01/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 29th, 2010: "Stocks rose slightly Tuesday as investors brushed off news that consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since February. A big jump in earnings from Walgreen and an acquisition by drug developer Endo Pharmaceuticals encouraged investors to extend a four-week rally." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 09/29/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Near South Coast of Papua, Indonesia - September 29th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:10:51 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 4.905°S, 133.711°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010bubm.php]-[T.D. - 09/29/10]

2010 - Major Earthquake / Near South Coast of Papua, Indonesia - September 29th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A major earthquake occurred at 17:11:24 (UTC) on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010. The magnitude 7.2 event [Location: 4.920°S, 133.783°E; Depth 12.3 km (7.6 miles)] was located @ NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010bubv.php]-[T.D. - 09/29/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - September 30th, 2010: "Stocks slipped Wednesday as protests against budget cutbacks in Europe brought new worries about the region's financial system. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 23 points. But with only one trading day left this month, the Dow is still on track for its best September since 1939." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 09/30/10]

2010 - Goldilocks Zone Planet - September 30th, 2010: "[....] The astronomer's findings are being published in Astrophysical Journal and were announced by the National Science Foundation on Wednesday [09/29/10]. [....] The planet circles a star called Gliese 581. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Planet is dubbed 'just right' for life / Discovery in 'Goldilocks zone' 120 trillion miles away has scientist pegging the chances for living organisms there at '100 percent' - if water is present.), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 09/30/10]

2010 - Workers protest in Europe - September 30th, 2010: "Workers protest in Europe [09/29/10] / All across the continent, they march to assail cuts imposed by governments." [Based on Title for A.P. article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 09/30/10]

2010 - Attacks on Baghdad's Greene Zone intensify - September 30th, 2010: "Attacks on Baghdad's Greene Zone intensify ['23 in the last month, including two Wednesday']" [Based on Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 09/30/10]

2010 - Stonehenge skeleton came from Mediterranean - September 30th, 2010: "LONDON — A wealthy young teenager buried near Britain's mysterious Stonehenge monument came from the Mediterranean hundreds of miles away, scientists said Wednesday, proof of the site's importance as a travel destination in prehistoric times. [....] The British Geological Survey's Jane Evans said that the find, radiocarbon dated to 1,550 B.C., 'highlights the diversity of people who came to Stonehenge from across Europe,' a statement backed by Bournemouth University's Timothy Darvill, a Stonehenge scholar uninvolved with the discovery. [....]" [Based on A.P. article (Stonehenge skeleton came from Mediterranean / Discovery provides proof of site's importance as travel destination in prehistoric times), by Raphael G. Satter - updated 9/30/2010 12:21:44 PM ET]


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