Historical Timeline

Calendar Months

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

October 2006

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - October 1st, 2006: "Sun [8 Libra], Moon [17 Capricorn], Mercury [28 Libra], Venus [1 Libra], Mars [15 Libra], Jupiter [18 Scorpio], Saturn [21 Leo], Uranus [11 Pisces R.], Neptune [17 Aquarius R.], Pluto [24 Sagittarius], Chiron [4 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200610.html]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Kuril Islands - October 1st, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:06:02 (UTC) on Sunday, October 1st, 2006. The magnitude 6.6 event has been located @: KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usthau.php] - [10/03/06]

2006 - Obtained / 9/11 Martyrdom Video - October 1st, 2006: "A previously unseen video made by Mohamed Atta, ringleader of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been obtained by The Sunday Times, the newspaper reported Saturday [09/30/06]. [NP] The paper said it had been handed the so-called martyrdom video, but did not reveal the source of the tape. [....] The newspaper said that a timecode stamp on the videotape indicated it had been recorded on Jan 18, 2000, and that the recording was made at an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. [NP] There was no soundtrack, the newspaper said. It quoted an unnamed U.S. source as saying that attempts to lip read the tape to transcribe the content had been unsuccessful. [....] Osama bin Laden is shown on the hourlong video addressing supporters at a site in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the newspaper reported. It said a timecode stamp indicated the al-Qaida leader was speaking on Jan. 8, 2000." [Based on: A.P. article (2000 video shows 9/11 ringleader), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/01/06]

*Trivia: "A new videotape shows two of the Sept. 11 hijackers [Mohamed Atta & Ziad Jarrah] laughing and smiling for a camera more than 19 months before the attacks. [....] Osama bin Laden also appears on the tape, speaking to a large group of people in January 2000. [....] The soundless video appears to be a departure from previous releases by al-Qaida, which is 'normally, very professional in their media,' said Paul Beaver, an independent defense and security expert. [....] The newspaper said the hourlong video was made at an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan and is dated Jan. 18, 2000. [NP] 'It is highly unlikely that al-Qaida wanted the material to be released in this manner, and it is not consistent with any previous release,' said Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, which monitors terrorism communications. [NP] Although the video had no sound, it could contain valuable information, Beaver said." [Based on: A.P. article (Newly released video shows hijackers 19 months before 9/11), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/02/06]

2006 - Hurricane Isaac / Central Atlantic - October 1st, 2006: "Following the pattern established by Florence, Gordon and Helene in the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, Isaac formed in the Central Atlantic, intensified into a hurricane, and then curved east well before approaching the U.S. East Coast. The 2006 Atlantic hurricane season continued to be a welcome respite from the previous year’s onslaught with not a single hurricane making landfall in the U.S., as of early October. At that time, including Isaac, there had been 9 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes in the Atlantic—numbers very typical of an average season. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13906]

2006 - Ash Plume / Soufriere Hills Volcano,  Montserrat - October 1st, 2006: "The Soufriere Hills Volcano on the island of Montserrat produced a plume of volcanic ash and/or steam on October 1, 2006. This event was part of a continuing pattern of intermittent eruptions from the volcano. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13908]

2006 - Suicide Bomber / Front of Afghan Interior Ministry - October 1st, 2006: "Suicide bomber strikes [09/30/06] in Afghan capital [killing at least 12 people and wounding 42]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/01/06]

2006 - Dam Collapse / Nigeria - October 2nd, 2006: "Collapse of dam [10/01/06] in Nigeria [northwest] may have killed 40" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/02/06]

2006 - Elections Trivia / Bosnia - October 2nd, 2006: "Bosnians appeared split in key elections on the country's future Sunday [10/01/06]. Muslims and Catholic Croats voted for politicians who want to unify the Balkan nation, while Serbs backed a candidate who advocates ethnic division, early results showed. [....]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/02/06]

2006 - Palestinian Violence / Gaza Strip - October 2nd, 2006: "Heavily armed Hamas militiamen's efforts to break up anti-government protests Sunday [10/01/06] sparked gunbattles across the Gaza Strip that killed seven people in the worst internal Palestinian violence since Hamas took power. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Violence between Palestinian factions kills 7 in Gaza Strip / Fatah militants torch Palestinian Cabinet building in West Bank.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/02/06]

2006 - Revelation / 9/11 Terror Warning? - October 2nd, 2006: "Members of the Sept. 11 commission said Sunday [10/01/06] that they were alarmed that they had been told nothing about a meeting in July 2001 at the White House in which George J. Tenet, then director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then national security adviser, about an imminent al-Qaida attack and failed to persuade her to take action. [NP] Details of the meeting on July 10, 2001, were first reported last week in a new book ['State of Denial'] by Bob Woodward. The White House disputes his account. [....] In her defense, Rice has said through spokesmaen that there had been no such exchange in a private meeting with Tenet and that he had expressed none of the frustration attributed to him in Woodward's book. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Report in book of White House meeting irks members of 9/11 commission) by Philip Shenon], p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/02/06]

2006 - Tropical Storm Bebinca / Pacific Ocean - October 2nd, 2006: "Tropical Storm Bebinca formed as a tropical depression (area of low air pressure) early in the morning on October 1, 2006, east of the Philippines. Over the course of the next day, the depression gradually moved north and east away from the island chain and gained enough power to become a storm and earn a name. Despite moving farther offshore into the Pacific, Bebinca was largely staying over waters recently cooled by the powerful Typhoon Xangsane, which formed in the same general area approximately a week before Bebinca. The storm system was not expected to develop into a typhoon as of October 5, according to the University of Hawaii’s Tropical Storm Information Center. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13915]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 3rd, 2006: "Stocks ended lower Monday [10/02/06], with weaknesses in technology shares pacing the decline, while the Dow Jones industrial average once again backed off record highs amid a disappointing sales outlook from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Nervousness over the upcoming third-quarter earnings season also contributed to the pullback. [....]" [Based on: MARKETWATCH article, p. B4, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Civil Fines / Ameren UE - October 3rd, 2006: "Ameren UE has agreed to pay a record $10 million in civil penalties and another $5 million to improve conditions near the Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant [Mo.], where a reservoir failure sent a billion-gallon tidal wave into nearby Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in December [2005]. [....]" [Based on: Article (Taum Sauk costs Ameren $15 million / Includes record $10 million in civil fines, $5 million to improve conditions near the plant.), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - October 3rd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:03:14 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @: VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustjbd.php] - [10/03/06]

2006 - School Shooting / Pennsylvania - October 3rd, 2006: "A milk truck driver [Charles Roberts IV] carrying three guns stormed a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday [10/02/06], sent the boys and adults outside, barricaded the doors, and then opened fire on a dozen girls, killing three of them before committing suicide, authorities said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Gunman strikes Amish school), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Re-Elected? / Zambian President - October 3rd, 2006: "Commission says president [Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa] was re-elected" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Underwater Dump? / Florida Shore - October 3rd, 2006: "Now the idea seems daft. But in the spring of 1972, the dumping of a million or so tires off the Florida shore looked like ecological enlightenment. [....] While there were initial hopeful reports, it was clear after a decade that the idea wasn't working. Tires that had been lashed together for stability broke loose. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Hopes for tire reef in '70s sank into underweater dump / Partnership is trying to organize massive cleanup effort off Florida coast.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - In Afghan Government / The Taliban? - October 3rd, 2006: "Frist [U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - Republican] calls [10/02/06] for bringing the Taliban into Afghan government / Senator says militia has too much support to be defeated on battlefield." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

*Trivia: "Democrats blast Frist for saying Taliban could help run Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/04/06]

2006 - Terrorism Insurance Available / U.S.A. - October 3rd, 2006: "Terrorism insurance is available, study says / But government acts as a $100 billion backstop on insurers' losses." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P., p. B3, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Middle East Tour / Condoleezza Rice - October 3rd, 2006: "As Rice visits, eight Arab nations press for renewed peace process with Israel" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Will Face Shortage of Soldiers? / Europe - October 3rd, 2006: "Europe's declining population will leave its armed forces facing a manpower shortage in 20 years, forcing governments to shrink their armies, develop more robot weapons or outsource military tasks, according to a report. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Study says Europe will face shortage of soldiers), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Shattered Public Image? / Mark Foley - October 3rd, 2006: "Mark Foley [Republican] spent decades crafting a careful public image, one that was shattered Friday [09/29/06] with revelations of Foley's sexually explicit Internet conversations with teenage boys. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (Washington is unlikely to welcome Foley back), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Converging on the Sun / Venus & Mars - October 3rd, 2006: "Venus and Mars are converging on the sun. You can't see the event with the naked eye, but SOHO can. The spacecraft has a coronagraph onboard able to block the sun's glare and reveal nearby stars and planets: [....] As October unfolds, Mars will approach the sun from the left, Venus from the right, eventually forming a compact triangle less than one degree wide. Dates of closest approach: Oct. 23rd - 27th. Mark your calendar and join SOHO for a ring-side seat. [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/03/06]

2006 - Trivia / Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - October 3rd, 2006: "[....] Andrew Fire of the Stanford University School of Medicine and Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School were honored [10/02/06] for their revolutionary discovery of RNA interference, a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information. [NP] Working on a millimeter-long worm species, Fire and Mello found that double-stranded molecules of ribonucleic acid can 'silence' specific genes - a process now known to be one way in which the body naturally stops genes from producing unwanted proteins. [NP] Since Fire, Mello and colleagues published their discovery in 1998, this silencing process has become a widespread research tool. Using RNA interference, scientists now can quash the expression of one or more genes in laboratory animals at any point in development. That helps them figure out what the genes do, as well as how and when some birth defects and other disorders develop. [....] RNA interference also has been shown to reverse induced liver faliure in mouse studies, and researchers recently reported they have used it to silence the expression of the AIDS virus in mice. [NP] RNA interference does not appear to interact with DNA, which may alleviate some patients' concern about treatments that alter their genetic makeup, as in gene therapy." [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Research could lead to gene therapy / Two Americans win for their discovery of RNA interference.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - Briefed (before 9/11) about Al-Qaida Threat? / Donald Rumsfeld & John Ashcroft - October 3rd, 2006: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft got the same CIA briefing [July 17th, 2001?] about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. [NP] The State Department's disclosure Monday [10/02/06] that the two were briefed within a week after then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the threat on July 10, 2001, raised new questions about what President George W. Bush's administration did in response, and about why so many officials have claimed they never received or don't remember the warning. [NP] Rice on Sunday [10/01/06] had denied any recollection of the briefing. [....] On Jan. 28, 2004, former CIA Director George Tenet gave the independent 9/11 commission the same briefing that he had given to the others in 2001, which the commission did not mention in its 428-page final report. [....] Ashcroft, who resigned as attorney general on Nov. 9, 2004, told The Associated Press on Monday that it was 'disappointing' that he never received the breifing, either. [....] But on Monday evening, Rice's spokesman, Sean McCormack, issued a statement confirming that she'd received the CIA briefing 'on or around July 10' and had asked that it be given to Ashcroft and Rumsfeld. [".... That briefing took place by July 17."] [....] The CIA briefing didn't provide the exact timing or nature of a possible attack, nor did it predict whether it was likely to take place in the United States or overseas, said three former senior intelligence officials." [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Rumsfeld, Ashcroft were briefed before 9/11 on al-Qaida threat), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/03/06]

2006 - AOL Makeover / OpenRide - October 4th, 2006: "AOL is getting a software makeover, its first since deciding to make more services available for free. [....] Unlike traditional Web browsers, OpenRide splits the main window into four panes - for e-mail, instant messaging, video and Web browsing." [Based on: Article (AOL gets makeover), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 10/04/06]

2006 - Surrender / Turkish Hijacker - October 4th, 2006: "A Turkish man hijacked a jetliner carrying 113 people from Albania to Istanbul on Tuesday [10/03/06] and forced it to land in souther Italy, where he surrendered and released all the passengers unharmed, officials said. [NP] The two senior Turkish officials said the hijacker was seeking political asylum. [....] A Turkish official said the hijacker was seeking to evade military service in his native Turkey." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Turk hijacks plane, surrenders on landing), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/04/06]

2006 - Will Face Shortage of Soldiers? / Europe - October 4th, 2006: "Two Americans won a Nobel prize Tuesday [10/03/06] for taking baby pictures of the universe. [NP] George F. Smoot of Lawrence Berkeley national Laboratory in California and John C. Mather of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland were awarded science's highest honor for depicting the universe as it was 380,000 years after its birth in the Big Bang. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Two American physicists win Nobel Prize), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/04/06]

2006 - Objects to War in Iraq / U.S. Soldier - October 4th, 2006: "An Army soldier who fled to California rather than redeploy to Iraq surrendered Tuesday [10/03/06] to military officials after asking for leniency. [NP] Spc. Darrell Anderson, 24, said he deserted the Army last year because he could no longer fight in what he believes is an illegal war. 'I feel that by resisting, I made up for the things I did in Iraq,' Anderson said during a press briefing shortly before he turned himself in at nearby Fort Knox. [....] His lawyer, Jim Fennerty, has said he was told the Army had decided not to court-martial his client." [Based on: News Services article (Soldier surrenders; objected to return to Iraq), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/04/06]

2006 - Record Close / Dow Jones Industrial Average - October 4th, 2006: "An accelerated descent in oil prices, rallying shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Boeing Co., and United Technologies Corp. led the Dow Jones industrial average to a record close of 11,727.34. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. D8, S.L.P.D., 10/04/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 5th, 2006: "Stocks rallied the most in seven weeks Wednesday [10/04/06] after the biggest part of the economy slowed and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged a housing slump, encouraging speculation that benchmark interest rates may decline next year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 10/05/06]

2006 - Religion Classes? / Harvard University - October 5th, 2006: "Harvard University, founded 370 years ago to train Puritan ministers, should again require all undergraduates to study religion, along with U.S. history and ethics, a faculty committee recommends. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Panel wants Harvard to require religion classes), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/05/06]

2006 - Millions have died for our cell phones - October 5th, 2006: "The Mushangi area is nested high in eastern Congo's mountains, far from the capital, Kinshasa, on the border with Rwanda. The hills are barren, stripped of their lush vegetation both by erosion and by a seemingly never-ending conflict. While the rest of Congo prepares for the second round of presidential elections scheduled for Oct. 29, the people of Mushangi worry about one thing: survival. [NP] For the last 10 years, Mushangi has been at the cross roads of a conflict that has paralyzed Congo, one of the world's richest countries in natural resources. The hills of Mushangi are abundant with strategic minerals such as coltan, cassiterite and wolframite that are essential to cellphones and other electronics. But its people, like their countrymen, live in abject poverty and fear. [NP] The conflict started in 1998 and engaged soldiers from half a dozen countries. It has claimed more than 4 million lives already, and peace is far from assured. Even after the withdrawal of foreign armies from Congo and the formation of a power-sharing transitional government, the death toll continued rising because of the emergence and proliferation of armed Congolese militias. [NP] The flow of small arms has emboldened militias to challenge central government authority and carve spheres of influence in mineral-rich areas, such as Mushangi. The illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources generates large sums of revenue, which in turn allow militias to acquire greater firepower. Thus, the struggle for control of natural resources and mineral wealth is at the core of the conflict. [NP] Rwanda and Uganda, the two neighboring countries that would most benefit from peace in Congo, nevertheless fuel the conflict through their logistical support for the militias. It takes the form of arms transfers, financial assistance, military advice and training and safe harbor for those who flee the Congolese national government. [NP] The Congo conflict is occurring far from our American shores, and it rarely comes up on local evening news, but it touches nearly every American through our mobile phones, laptop computers and video games. Congo holds 80 percent of the world's reserves of coltan, a heat-resistant mineral ore that is all but essential to the operation of such devices. [NP] Coltan is a contraction of columbiumtantalite. Without it, wireless communication as we know it would not exist. Refined coltan yields tantalum, which is used primarily for the production of capacitors, electronic components that control the flow of current in miniature circuit boards. [NP] Although neither Uganda nor Rwanda has significant deposits of gold, diamonds or coltan, both countries somehow have managed to become important exporters of these minerals. A 2003 U.N. panel of experts on the illegal exploitation of natural resources accused both Rwanda and Uganda of prolonging Congo's civil war so that they could illegally siphon off Congo's mineral wealth - with the help of Western corporations. [NP] The United States should fully support the recommendations of the U.N. panel and help prosecute those individuals and corporations mentioned in the report. To date [2006], U.S. inaction on the matter has benefited only the perpetrators and, by extension, has helped fuel the conflict. The message to corrupt Congolese government officials: The United States will tolerate business as usual in the extraction of valuable minerals. [NP] In contrast, the United Kingdom has used diplomatic channels to promote the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, which advocates a transparent global bidding system that would benefit the Congolese people as well as interested corporations. Britain's actions have been well received among anti-corruption activists in Africa. [NP] Congo needs these resources to rebuild its economy. The people of Mushangi need peace to rebuild their lives." [Based on: Other Views page article (Millions have died for our cell phones) by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, p. B9, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/05/06]

2006 - High U.S. Death Toll / Baghdad Iraq - October 5th, 2006: "Thirteen American soldiers  were killed in Baghdad since Monday (10/02/06], the American military reported, registering the highest three-day death toll for U.S. forces in the capital since the start of the war. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (3-day death toll of 13 is highest for American forces in Baghdad), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/05/06]

2006 - Peabody Energy Corp. Buys Excel Coal Ltd. - October 5th, 2006: "Shareholders of Australian coal producer Excel Coal Ltd. approved the sale of the company to Peabody Energy Corp. for $1.8 billion in cash and debt, St. Louis-based Peabody said Wednesday [10/04/06] in a statement. [....]" [Based on: Article (Peobody buys Excel), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/05/06]

2006 - U.S. Warns N. Korea Against Nuclear Test - October 5th, 2006: "U.S. warns [10/04/06] N. Korea against nuclear test" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/05/06]

2006 - Militants Battle Army / Nigerian Oil Facility - October 5th, 2006: "Militants battle army at Nigerian oil facility [10/04/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/05/06]

2006 - Nobel Prize for Chemistry / Roger D. Kornberg - October 5th, 2006: "Stanford professor [Roger D. Kornberg] wins [Nobel Prize] for chemistry" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/05/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 6th, 2006: "Stocks rose for a third day Thursday [10/05/06], extending the Dow Jones industrial average's record-breaking rally, helped by a rebound in energy and commodity companies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow Jones' record-breaking rally is made of steel), p. B10, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Trivia / Iranian Nuclear Issue - October 6th, 2006: "[....] They [Nations] are expected to refer the Iranian nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council, which will start discussing possible sanctions on Iran next week, diplomats said Thursday. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Nations meeting today on Iranian nuclear issue), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Population Decline / New Orleans - October 6th, 2006: "Fewer than 190,000 people are living in New Orleans a year after Hurricane Katrina, according to a survey released Thursday [10/05/06]. [NP] The population of 187,525 is about 41 percent of the 454,000 people estimated to be living in Orleans Parish before the storm hit Aug. 29, 2005. [....]" [Based on: Article (City's population is down almost 60 percent), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Tiny Hole / Space Shuttle Atlantis - October 6th, 2006: "The shuttle Atlantis came back from space last month with a tiny but significant hole in it, apparently from a piece of space debris, NASA officials said Thursday [10/05/06]. [....]" [Based on: Article (Space shuttle returned with tiny hole in panel), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Warning Against Political Militias / Iraq - October 6th, 2006: "Political parties must either get rid of their militias or get out of politics, Iraq's prime minister said Thursday [10/05/06], in his toughest warning to groups blamed for the country's wave of sectarian violence. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi prime minister warns parties to lose their militias), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Workers Strike / Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - October 6th, 2006: "Goodyear, union fail to reach deal; workers go on strike [10/05/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - North Korea Warning? / U.N. Security Council - October 6th, 2006: "Security Council readies N. Korea warning / Japan's U.N. ambassador says statement advising against nuclear testing is likely to be OK'd today." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - U.S. Demonstrations / Against George W. Bush - October 6th, 2006: "Thousands demonstrate [U.S.A. - 10/06/06] against Bush's policies" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - FDA Isn't Prepared to Ensure Safety? / Nanotechnology, U.S.A. - October 6th, 2006: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't prepared to ensure the safety of products made with nanotechnology, the emerging science that uses materials the size of molecuels or atoms, a former agency official said in a report. [NP] The FDA lacks funding and regulatory power to adequately oversee nanotechnology and may miss potential safety problems or spot them too late to prevent harm, said Michael R. Taylor, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a former deputy commissioner of the FDA." [Based on: Article (FDA isn't prepared, former official says), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 7th, 2006: "Stocks fell for the first time in four days Friday [10/06/06], dragging down the Dow Jones Industrial average from a record, as a drop in unemployment made it less likely the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall for first time in 4 days on unemployment report), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 10/07/06]

2006 - Outsourcing Trivia / India - October 7th, 2006: "India may be able to create more than 10 million new jobs in five years from the global outsourcing business, the country's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday [10/06/06]. [NP] India accounts for about half the $40 billion in work that is sent overseas mainly by U.S. and European companies each year, providing jobs to 1.3 million people, according to India's National Association of Software and Service Companies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A32, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Trivia / Police Officers Killed, Iraq - October 7th, 2006: "4,000 Iraqi police officers killed in 2 years, U.S. commander says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - A "Monster"(?) / George W. Bush - October 7th, 2006: "Venezuela's foreign minister called President George W. Bush a 'monster' on Friday, adding to the list of insults by President Hugo Chavez who recently called the U.S. leader a devil and a donkey. [NP] Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro called for Bush's removal from the White House and denounced what he called a worldwide campaign by the U.S. to block Venezuela's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council." [Based on: Title for News Services Article article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Warns N. Korea / U.N. Security Council - October 7th, 2006: "Security Council warns N. Korea [10/06/06] on nuclear test" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A28, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Volcanic Eruption / Rabaul Volcano, New Britain - October 7th, 2006: "On October 7, 2006, Rabaul Volcano on the northeastern tip of New Britain produced a large-scale eruption. According to ReliefWeb, the eruption shook windows and rained heavy ash and small stones on the city of Rabaul as authorities declared a state of emergency. Besides volcanic ash and steam, the eruption produced sulfur dioxide. Densely concentrated over the island of New Britain the day of the eruption, the sulfur dioxide dispersed over the next two days. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13922]

2006 - Crown Castle International Purchase / Global Signal Inc. - October 7th, 2006: "Crown Castle International Corp., the second-biggest owner of U.S. cellular-phone towers, agreed to buy Global Signal Inc. for about $3.93 billion to become the dominant provider in Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas. [....] The purchase will double Crown Castle's wireless towers to 23,500 and may help the companies stem losses." [Based on: Article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 10/06/06]

2006 - Continued Fighting / Iraq - October 8th, 2006: "Iraqi forces launch sweep in Kirkuk [10/07/06] / And in Tal Afar, a suicide bomber kills 14 at a police checkpoint." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Fatally Shot / Russian Reporter - October 8th, 2006: "Award-winning reporter [Anna Politkovskaya] is found [10/07/06] fatally shot" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Heavy Rains & Flooding / Virginia - October 8th, 2006: "Heavy rains cause flooding, evacuations [as much as 9 inches in Virginia, 10/07/06]" [Based on: News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga Region - October 8th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:15:25 (UTC) on Sunday, October 8th, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located @: TONGA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustpag.php] - [10/08/06]

2006 - Over The Line? / N. Korean Soildiers - October 8th, 2006: "Five North Korean soldiers venture over line [10/07/06], draw fire from South / Relations are already strained as U.N. Security Council has warned North not to go ahead with nuclear test, maybe as early as Sunday." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Continued Violence / Oaxaca, Mexico - October 8th, 2006: "Tensions grew in the besieged Mexican city [Oaxaca] Friday [10/06/06] with police saying three officers were beaten by protestors a day after a teacher was hacked to death. [NP] The violence raised fears the 4-month-old standoff between protestors and Oaxaca state government could lead to a wider confrontation. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Violence flares in embattled Mexican city), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Christened / USS George H.W. Bush - October 8th, 2006: "Bush family christens aircraft carrier [nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush - 10/07/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Had Sex with Former Page? / Mark Foley - October 8th, 2006: "Ex-House page tells newspaper he had sex with Foley [then-Rep. Mark Foley] / In interview, he says incident took place when he was 21 after he had left House program [Fall 2000]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

*Trivia: "Gay Republicans under 'siege' in wake of scandal" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - 2 German Journalists Killed / Afghanistan - October 8th, 2006: "Gunmen kill two German journalists [Afghanistan - 10/07/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Fatally Wounded / Palestinian Photographer, Ramallah - October 8th, 2006: "Protestors' gunfire wounds photographer [Palestinian Osama Awwad, in Ramallah - 10/07/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/08/06]

2006 - Confronted in 2000 / Mark Foley - October 9th, 2006: "GOP congressman [Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz.] confronted Foley over e-mails six years ago" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/09/06]

2006 - Must Retire / Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift - October 9th, 2006: "Navy challenger of tribunals [Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift] must retire" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/09/06]

2006 - Sickened After Meal / Iraqi Police - October 9th, 2006: "Hundreds of police [Iraqi police] are sickened after meal [10/08/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/09/06]

2006 - Tested Nuclear Weapon / North Korea - October 9th, 2006: "North Korea reports [today] it tested nuclear weapon [10/08/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/09/06]

*Trivia: "Nuclear testing tally - Countries known [Israel is not known?] to have publicly conducted nuclear tests since 1945 - and status with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: U.S. - First test: 1945; Last test: 1992; Treaty signed: Yes; Ratified: No; Number of nuclear tests: 1,030. Russia - First test: 1949; Last test: 1990; Treaty signed: Yes; Ratified: Yes; Number of nuclear tests: 715. France - First test: 1960; Last test: 1996; Treaty signed: Yes; Ratified: Yes; Number of nuclear tests: 210. U.K. - First test: 1952; Last test: 1991; Treaty signed: Yes; Ratified: Yes; Number of nuclear tests: 45. China - First test: 1964; Last test: 1996; Treaty signed: Yes; Ratified: No; Number of nuclear tests: 45. India - First test: 1974; Last test: 1998; Treaty signed: No; Ratified: No; Number of nuclear tests: 3. Pakistan - First test: 1998; Last test: 1998; Treaty signed: No; Ratified: No; Number of nuclear tests: 2. N. Korea - First test: 2006; Last test: 2006; Treaty signed: No; Ratified: No; Number of nuclear tests: 1. [....]" [Based on: Article (Joining the nuclear club), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06] - [Source: Source Arms Cointrol Association (U.S.) / MCT]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Philippine Islands Region - October 9th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:01:47 (UTC) on Monday, October 9th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustqag.php] - [10/08/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A.

- October 10th, 2006: "Stocks rose slightly Monday [10/09/06], with the Dow Jones industrial avergae briefly touching a new intraday trading high, after the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea over its claim of an underground nuclear test. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (North Korea nuclear threat doesn't scare Wall Street for long), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - School Shooting / Joplin, Missouri - October 10th, 2006: "In Joplin [Mo.]: Shooting strikes fear, but no one is injured / 'Please don't make me do this,' 13-year-old with assault rifle [AK-47] says [10/09/06]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - Threat to Europe? / New Tuberculosis - October 10th, 2006: "Tuberculosis has come back in a new, more deadly form to pose the disease's greatest threat to Europe since World War II, world health officials said Tuesday. [NP] Drug-resistant strains of the disease are lurking just beyond the European Union's borders, according to U.N. and Red Cross health officials." [Based on: News Services article (New Tuberculosis is called threat to Europe), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - Lower Aptitude? / U.S. Army Recruits - October 10th, 2006: "The Army recruited more than 2,600 soldiers under new lower-aptitude standards this year, helping the service beat its goal of 80,000 recruits. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Army recruitment up with lower standards), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - Wages Cuts? / Comair Flight Attendants - October 10th, 2006: "Comair, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc., said Monday [10/09/06] that it will impose wage cuts and changes in work rules for the regional airline's 970 flight attendants beginning Nov. 15. [....]" [Based on: Article (Comair cuts wages for flight attendants), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - World's Biggest Aluminum Producer / Russia? - October 10th, 2006: "Russia's OAO Rusal moved into position Monday [10/09/06] to surpass Alcoa Inc. as the world's biggest aluminum producer, announcing a deal to create a company that will make an estimated 12 percent of global output of the metal. [....]" [Based on: Article (New giant emerges in aluminum industry), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - Expansion Plan / PNC Financial Services Group Inc. - October 10th, 2006: "PNC Financial Services Group Inc., one of the nation's largest regional banks, said Monday [10/09/06] that it will buy Baltimore-based Mercantile Bankshares Corp. for about $6 billion in an expansion plan targeting wealthy, fast-growing markets. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (PNC Financial Services will buy Mercantile for $6 billion), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - Tentative Agreement / Northwest Airlines Mechanics - October 10th, 2006: "Northwest Airlines Corp. reached a tentative agreement with its mechanics union to end a 14-month dispute triggered when the workers went on strike and then were replaced. [....] With the mechanics already replaced by new workers, the settlement may be more symbolic than substantive." [Based on: Article (Northwest reaches deal with mechanics), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/10/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Off East Coast of Honshu Japan  - October 10th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:58:08 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 10th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustrb2.php] - [10/11/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 11th, 2006: "The Dow Jones industrial average set its fourth record close [11,867.17] in two weeks Tuesday [10/10/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dow sets another record at open of earnings season), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - Third-Quarter Profit / Alcoa Inc. - October 11th, 2006: "Alcoa reports 86 percent third-quarter profit increase" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - Goodbye / Hershey Pension Plan - October 11th, 2006: "Hershey blows pension plan a goodbye kiss" [Based on: Article title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - $1 Billion Mark / Ted Turner Foundation - October 11th, 2006: "[....] Nine years ago, Turner pledged to donate $1 billion to the U.N. and to raise additional money through partnerships. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Ted Turner foundation reaches $1 billion mark), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - Heavy Fighting / Northern Darfur, Sudan - October 11th, 2006: "Intense fighting has erupted in the northern part of Darfur with hundreds of rebels and Sudanese government troops wounded or captured in clashes this week near the border with Chad, international observers said Tuesday [10/10/06]. [....] The U.N. says at least 18,000 people have fled fighting in north Darfur in the past month alone, streaming into refugee camps in El Fasher. About 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes by the conflict in the last three years. More than 200,000 people are believed to have been killed. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Heavy fighting, air attacks reported in northern Darfur), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - Approved / Teaching of Evolution, Michigan - October 11th, 2006: "The State Board of Education approved on Tuesday [10/10/06] public school curriculum guidelines that support the teaching of evolution in science classes - but not intelkligent design. [NP] Intelligent design instruction could be left for other classes in Michigan schools , but it doesn't belong in science class, according to the unanimously adopted guidelines. [NP] 'The intent of the board needs to be very clear,' said board member John Austin, a Democrat from Ann Arbor. 'Evolution is not under stress. It is not untested science.' " [Based on: News Services article (Board approves teaching evolution in science class), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - Files for Bankruptcy / Roman Catholic Diocese, Iowa - October 11th, 2006: "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport [Iowa] filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday [10/10/06], the fourth diocese in the nation to seek financial protection to deal with priest sex-abuse cases. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Amid claims, diocese files for bankruptcy), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 12th, 2006: "Stocks fell for the first time in three days Wednesday [10/11/06] after Alcoa Inc. began the quarterly earnings season by missing analysts' estimates and the Federal Reserve damped speculation that interest rates will drop anytime soon. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Disappointing start to earnings season deflates markets), S.L.P.D., 10/11/06]

2006 - Federal Regions? / Iraq - October 12th, 2006: "Iraqi parliament passes law [10/11/06] to allow setting up federal regions [.... despite Sunni Arab objections that the move will splinter the country and fuel sectarian violence.]" [Based on: Article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/12/06]

2006 - Airplane Accident / New York - October 12th, 2006: "Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle dies in Fiery crash [10/11/06] into New York high-rise" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/12/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Troop Levels, Iraq - October 12th, 2006: "The Pentagon has contingency plans to retain U.S. forces in Iraq at current levels - about 141,000 troops - through 2010 if necessary, the Army chief of staff said Wednesday [10/11/06]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (War in Iraq - U.S. boots could stay on ground *Pentagon has plan to keep troop levels through 2010 if needed *Iraqi death toll said to have exceeded 600,000), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/12/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Coquimbo, Chile - October 12th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:05:56 (UTC) on Thursday, October 12th, 2006. The magnitude 6.4 event has been located @: COQUIMBO, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usttbd.php] - [10/16/06]

2006 - Helicopter Crash / Howard Kerzner - October 12th, 2006: "Hotel tycoon [Howard Kerzner] dies [10/11/06] in helicopter crash [into a building]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/12/06]

2006 - Largest U.S. Phone Company / AT&T Inc. - October 12th, 2006: "The U.S. Justice Department approved AT&T Inc.'s $79 billion purchase of BellSouth Corp., helping cement AT&T's position as the largest U.S. telephone company. [NP] The Justice Department sanctioned the transaction Wednesday [10/11/06] without imposing any conditions such as requiring the sale of some assets." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (AT&T-BellSouth is OK'd), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/12/06]

2006 - No Direct Talks with North Korea? / George W. Bush - October 12th, 2006: "Bush rejects calls [10/11/06] that he hold direct talks with North Korea" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/12/06]

2006 - Anti-Psychotic Drugs Ineffective? / Alzheimer's Disease - October 12th, 2006: "Widely prescribed anti-psychotic drugs do not help most Alzheimer's patients with delusions and aggression and are not worth the risk of sudden death and other side effects, the first major study on sufferers outside nursing homes concludes. [....] Three-fourths of the 4.5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease develop aggression, hallucinations or delusions. This behavior is the most common reason families put people with Alzheimer's in nursing homes. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Study: Anti-psychotic drugs ineffective for Alzheimer's), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/12/06]

2006 - Solar Wind Stream - October 13th, 2006: "A solar wind stream hit Earth on Oct. 13th and sparked mild auroras over Scandinavia and Canada. A better display is possible on Oct. 19th or 20th when a more powerful solar wind stream is due." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/16/06]

2006 - AWOL Soldier / U.S.A. - October 13th, 2006: "A Fort Bragg paratrooper who says he left his military base because he disagreed with the U.S. mission in Iraq was sentenced to three months of confinement after pleading guilty Thursday [10/12/06] of going absent without leave. [NP] Sgt. Ricky Clousing, 24, of Summer, Wash, also will receive a reduction in rank and will forfeit two-thirds of his pay during the time of his confinement before getting a bad conduct discharge. His plea allowed him to avoid a more severe sentence for desertion. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (AWOL soldier gets three-month sentence), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 13th, 2006: "A buyout stock market pushed the Dow Jones industrial average above 11,900 for the first time after McDonald's Corp's earnings exceeded analysts' forecasts and a Federal Reserve survey showed increased consumer spending." [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. D7, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Guilty Plea / Dhiren Barot - October 13th, 2006: "Man [alleged al-Qaida operative Dhiren Barot] pleads guilty [10/12/06] to plotting to bomb sites in America [and to planning attacks in Britain involving radiological devices]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Television Station Attack / Iraq - October 13th, 2006: "Gunmen, some dressed in police uniforms, stormed the offices of a new satelite television station [Al Shabbiya] Thursday [10/12/06] and killed 11 employees, witnesses and emoloyees said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (11 killed at Iraqi television station), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Kuril Islands - October 13th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:47:40 (UTC) on Friday, October 13th, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @: KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustuaw.php] - [10/16/06]

2006 - Unexpected Leap / U.S. Trade Deficit - October 13th, 2006: "U.S. trade deficit takes an unexpected leap to record [$69.9 billion in August]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Class-Action Suit / Tyson Foods Inc. - October 13th, 2006: "Judge grants class-action status to Tyson workers / Suit alleges company depressed wages by hiring illegal immigrants." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Oil Drilling Protests / Tibu, Columbia - October 13th, 2006: "Hundreds of Bari Indians, most clad in loincloths and carrying bows and arrows, came down from the hills in their first march ever Thursday [10/12/06] to demand that the state-owned oil company [Ecopetrol] stop drilling on sacred lands abutting their reservation. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Indians protest drilling on land they call sacred), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Meets Gitmo Detainees? / Red Cross - October 13th, 2006: "[....] Simon Schorno, spokesman in Washington for the International Committee for the Red Cross, declined to discuss specifics or even confirm the meetings had taken place. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Red Cross meets top Gitmo detainees / The group of suspects includes the alleged 9/11 mastermind.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 -  New Mammal / Mus cypriacus, Cyprus - October 13th, 2006: "Scientists are surprised at discovery [in 2004 by archaeologist Thomas Cucchi] of new mammal [Mus cypriacus]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 - Ice Cover Trivia / Mount Kilmanjaro & Mount Kenya - October 13th, 2006: "Africa's two highest mountains - Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya - will lose their ice cover within 25 to 50 years if deforestation and industrial pollution are not stopped, environmentalists said Thursday [10/12/06]. [NP] Kilimanjaro has lost 82 percent of its ice cover during a period of 80 years, said Fredrick Njau of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement. Mount Kenya, one of the few places near the equator with permanent glaciers, has lost 92 percent during the past 100 years. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pollution deforestation threaten ice on Africa's tallest peaks), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/13/06]

2006 -  Died / Freddy Fender - October 14th, 2006: "Singer Freddy Fender dies [from lung cancer? - 10/14/06] at age 69" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/15/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 14th, 2006: "Stocks extended a three-week rally on Friday [10/13/06], sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a record [11,960.51], after a decline in gasoline prices spurred retail sales and consumer confidence. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A35, S.L.P.D., 10/14/06]

2006 -  Sanctions / North Korea - October 14th, 2006: "U.N. Security Council's sanctions resolution on North Korea (10/14/06): *Bans the import or export of material used to make nuclear weapons or ballistic missles *Orders countries to freeze assets, bans travel of those supporting country's weapons program *Limits the embargo of major hardware such as tanks, warships, combat aircraft and missles *Countries must inspect cargo leaving and arriving in North Korea, preventing trafficking of weapons" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Unanimous Security Council slaps sanctions on N. Korea) Illustration (Source: United Nations / AP), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/15/06]

2006 -  Early Snow / Buffalo N.Y. - October 14th, 2006: "Early snow blankets Buffalo [leaving about 380,000 homes and businesses without power - 10/13/06], blamed in 3 deaths / A 105-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway was closed for hours; stranded motorists received food and water by snowmobile." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 10/14/06]

*Trivia: "Many still lack power [more than 100,000 customers] days after snowstorm [10/18/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/14/06]

2006 -  Guilty Plea / U.S. Rep. Bob Ney - October 14th, 2006: "Rep. Ney [Ohio Republican Bob Ney] pleads guilty [to influence-peddling charges - 10/13/06], says he'll resign in weeks" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 10/14/06]

2006 - Radiation Trivia / New York City - October 14th, 2006: "ISRAELI EMBASSY IN NYC A RADIATION HOT SPOT, by x Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 at 5:05 PM / Feds surveyed NYC for radiation, found tainted park, Embassy" [Based on: Cleveland Indy Media Center article. See link]

*Link: http://cleveland.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/22798.php

2006 -  Wild Animals Roam City / New Orleans - October 14th, 2006: "Year after Katrina, wild animals [alligators, foxes, coyotes, rabbits, rats, armadilos, etc.] roam city" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A27, S.L.P.D., 10/14/06]

2006 -  Died / Former U.S. [Democrat] Rep. Gerry Studds - October 14th, 2006: "Gerry Studds, the first openly gay member of Congress, is dead [10/14/06 - due to blood clot in the lung?] at 69." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/15/06]

2006 -  Married Minority / U.S.A. - October 15th, 2006: "Married? You're in the minority, data show / Survey finds 49.7 percent of households are married couples." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/15/06]

2006 -  Trivia / Chocolate Addiction? - October 14th, 2006: "Study [by Ciara McCabe]: Chocolate cravers love even looking at it / Brain scans show activity in a part of the brain involved in drug addiction." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article by Tina Hesman Saey, p. A11, 10/15/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - October 15th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:07:49 (UTC) on Sunday, October 15th, 2006. The magnitude 6.7 event has been located @: ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustwbh.php] - [10/16/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Earthquakes of maginitudes in the 6 to 7 range are rare in the region, which more commonly experiences temblors in the magnitude 3 and 4 range, caused by volcanic activity. [NP] The last Hawaiian earthquake this strong struck more than 20 years ago. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake caused heavy property damage on Hawaii Island and collapsed trails into a volcano in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park on Nov. 16, 1983. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Hawaii quake shuts down power, shakes up tourists), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Hawaii Region, Hawaii - October 15th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:14:12 (UTC) on Sunday, October 15th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: HAWAII REGION, HAWAII."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustwbi.php] - [10/16/06]

2006 - Massive Land Purchase in Paraguay / George W. Bush? - October 15th, 2006: "US President Bush Makes Massive Land Purchase In Paraguay Ahead Of Expected War Crimes Charges" [Based on: Title for article by: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers] - [see link]

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index955.htm

2006 - Celestial Triangle - October 16th, 2006: "If this happened at midnight, it would be big news for sky watchers. Instead, it's happening at noon [10/16/06], and no one can see it. [....] 'It' is a convergence of Venus, Mars and the bright star Spica. The three have surrounded the sun in a triangle only a few degrees wide: [....] Humans can't see the convergence, but SOHO can. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has an onboard coronagraph, which blocks the glare of the sun to reveal nearby stars and planets. The celestial triangle will be most compact on Oct. 17th. Join SOHO for a ringside seat." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/16/06]

2006 -  On Hold / Iraqi Talks - October 16th, 2006: "Iraq's government indefinately postponed a much-anticipated national reconciliation conference Sunday [10/15/06] as two days of sectarian revenge killings and insurgent bombings left at least 86 Iraqis dead. [NP] Meanwhile, a militant network that includes al-Qaida in Iraq announced in a video that it had established an Islamic state in six provinces, a propoganda push in its drive to force the withdrawal of U.S. forces and topple the American-backed Iraqi government. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi talks on hold in wake of attacks), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 -  "Never Again" / John Ashcroft - October 16th, 2006: "[....] In his book, 'Never Again,' Ashcroft accuses the commission of a partisan effort aimed at 'assessing blame and grandstanding' instead of finding the truth and protecting Americans. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Ashcroft is assailed over book's criticism of 9/11 panel), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 - Mission Ready / USARNORTH - October 16th, 2006: "US Army North, the Army’s newest Service Component Command reached full operational capability on Monday, Oct 16. [NP] As part of Army transformation, USARNORTH was conceived to be the dedicated Army Service Component Command to US Northern Command, the unified command responsible for defending the U.S. homeland and coordinating defense support of civil authorities. [....] ARNORTH officially assumed the Army component command duties from U.S. Army Forces Command on 1 Oct. [....]" [Based on: Article (USARNORTH mission ready; full operational capability reached] @ http://www.5tharmy.army.mil/ [10/26/06]

*Related Link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index956.htm

2006 -  Resignation / UnitedHealth CEO - October 16th, 2006: "The stock options scandal claimed its biggest corporate chief yet on Sunday [10/15/06], with UnitedHealth Group Inc. saying Chairman and CEO William McGuire would step down because an outside report found that his option grants 'were likely backdated.' [....]" [Based on: News Services article (UnitedHealth CEO resigns over options), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 -  Rape Charges? / Israeli President - October 16th, 2006: "The Israeli police recommended Sunday [10/15/06] that President Moshe Katsav face charges of rape and sexual assault allegedly committed against several women in his office. Israel's attorney general must now decide whether to file such charges. [....] According to police, the inquiry also found evidence that the president had committed fraud and was engaged in illegal wiretapping. [....] Kastav has held the mostly ceremonial post since 2000. As president, he is immune from standing trial. But if he resigns or is impeached by Parliament, he would have to face any charges against him, according to legal scholars. Katsav's seven-year term ends next year." [Based on: New York Times article (Israeli police say president should face rape charges), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 -  Delayed / Israeli-Palestinian Summit - October 16th, 2006: "Israeli summit with Abbas delayed over prisoner feud [the palestinian president's insistence that Israel release large numbers of Palestinian prisoners]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 -  Abducted Photographer / Afghanistan - October 16th, 2006: "Italian photographer [Gabriele Torsello] abducted [10/14/06] in Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 -  On Decline in Iraq / Embedded Journalists - October 16th, 2006: "The number of embedded journalists reporting alongside U.S. troops in Iraq has dropped to its lowest level of the war. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Embedded journalists are on decline in Iraq), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 -  WWII Bombs Disposal / Hanover, Germany - October 16th, 2006: "Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in the central German city of Hanover on Sunday [10/15/06] as experts disposed of three World War II bombs, police said. [NP] The three bombs, thought to be American-made, were dropped in an Allied bombing raid in October 1943, and were located with the help of aerial photos. [NP] Two were buried in an open area, while the third was close to a house. All were embedded at depths up to 21 feet." [Based on: News Services article (Residents are evacuated for disposal of bombs), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/16/06]

2006 - Secret Advisor to George W. Bush? Henry Kissinger - October 16th, 2006: "As more U.S. soldiers die in Iraq, and President Bush tells Americans he will 'stay the course' even if his only supporters are his wife and their dog, Barney, reports have come out that Bush is getting advice from a man who knows all about failure. [NP] That man is Henry Kissinger, 88, who served as national security advisor and secretary of state under Richard Nixon and then Gerald Ford. [....]" [Based on: A.F.P. article (BUSH’S SECRET ADVISOR HAS BLOODY PAST / BILDERBERG LUMINARY NOW HAS EAR OF THE PRESIDENT), (Issue #42, October 16, 2006) by Richard Walker] - [see link]

http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/bloody_past.html

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 17th, 2006: "Wall Street extended its record-setting Monday [10/16/06], sending the Dow Jones industrial average within a whisper of 12,000 as investors grew more optimistic that corporate profits will remain robust amid a slowing economy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Investors' optimism about earnings pushes up stocks), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 -  Suicide Bomber / Sri Lanka - October 17th, 2006: "Suicide bombers rammed a truck laden with explosives into a Sri Lankan naval bus convoy Monday [10/16/06], killing 97 people and injuring more than 100 others. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Suicide bombing kills scores in bus convoy in Sri Lanka), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 - Most Compact / Celestial Triangle - October 17th, 2006: " If this happened at midnight, it would be big news for sky watchers. Instead, it's happening at noon, and no one can see it. [....] 'It' is a convergence of Venus, Mars and the bright star Spica. The three have surrounded the sun in a triangle only a few degrees wide: [....] Humans can't see the convergence, but SOHO can. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has an onboard coronagraph, which blocks the glare of the sun to reveal nearby stars and planets. The celestial triangle will be most compact on Oct. 17th. Join SOHO for a ringside seat." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/16/06]

2006 -  Gunfire Lead? / Great Lakes, U.S.A. - October 17th, 2006: "The Coast Guard would become one of the largest sources of the toxic metal lead entering the Great Lakes if it goes through with a plan to create 34 live-fire weapons-training zones in the lakes, according to federal data. [....] Because the bullets that the military agency [U.S. Coast Guard] plans to use are largely made from lead and copper, the training exercises would deposit as much as 6,900 pounds of lead and 2,800 pounds of copper each year in the lakes, according to a health-risk assessment that the Coast Guard commissioned. [....] Coast Guard officials say the live-fire training is needed to protect the region from terrorism and other illegal activities. [NP] 'We need to train in the environment in which we are going to fire the weapons,' said Capt. Patrick W. Brennan." [Based on: A.P. article (Environmentalists fear gunfire lead in lakes), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 -  Flooding & Tornadoes / Southeast Texas - October 17th, 2006: "4 killed as flooding, tornadoes ravage southeast Texas / Floodwater traps people in vehicles, destroys homes, closes schools and roads." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 -  New Element? / Periodic Table of Elements - October 17th, 2006: "Scientists in California and Russia announced Monday [10/16/06] that they had created the heaviest atomic element ever made, adding a new item to the universal menu of matter known as the periodic table. [....] The new, radioactive element did not linger long. [....] The report was published in the journal Physical Review C. [NP] The work was done at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Periodic table may get flashy new element), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 -  Won't Market Junk Food? / Walt Disney Co. - October 17th, 2006: "[....] Left outside the scope of Monday's initiative was any mention of the considerable advertising for junk food products that is carried on Disney's television networks, especially Toon Disney and ABC Kids. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Mickey and friends promise to go lean / Disney characters won't market junk food; theme park meals get makeover.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 -  Furniture Line? / Build-A-Bear Workshop - October 17th, 2006: "Building its brand - Build-A-Bear introduces children's furniture line / Build-A-Bear Workshop has teamed up [with] Pulaski Furniture Corp. of Pulaski, Va., to create its line." [Based on: Title for St. Louis Post-Dispatch Home Editor article by Jamila Robinson, & Build-A-Bear picture caption, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 -  Pentagon Will Mandate / Anthrax Shot for Some - October 17th, 2006: "The Pentagon announced Monday [10/16/06] that it plans to restart mandatory anthrax vaccination shots for some military personnel, Defense Department civilians and contractors [within the next 30 to 60 days] after determining that too few people were voluntarily receiving the vaccination. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Pentagon will mandate anthrax shot for some), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/17/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea - October 17th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:25:12 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 17th, 2006. The magnitude 6.7 event has been located @: NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustyac.php] - [10/19/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 18th, 2006: "Investors' confidence was dealt a setback on Tuesday [10/17/06] after the Labor Department reported a bigger-than-expected jump in core wholesale inflation, which unearthed fears of higher interest rates. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Investors pull back on inflation fears), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  African Refugees? / U.S.A. - October 18th, 2006: "The U.S. is offering to permanently resettle up to 10,000 refugees from a 12-year civil war in the African country of Burundi, the State Department said Tuesday [10/17/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (U.S. offers to take in 10,000 refugees of war), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Trivia / Flu Vaccine, U.S.A. - October 18th, 2006: "More flu vaccine should be available this year than ever before, but some people may have to wait a few weeks to get their shots. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article (Flu vaccine in good supply), p. A1, 10/18/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - October 18th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:45:35 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 18th, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @: VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/ustzap.php] - [10/19/06]

2006 -  Erased / Ken Lay Conviction - October 18th, 2006: "A federal judge Tuesday [10/17/06] vacated the conviction of Enron's late founder Kenneth Lay, wiping out a jury's verdict that he committed fraud and conspiracy in one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history. [....] Lay was convicted of 10 counts of fraud, conspiracy and lying to banks in two separate cases on May 25. Enron's collapse in 2001 wiped out thousands of jobs, more than $60 billion in market value and more than $2 billion in pension plans. [....] U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, in a ruling Tuesday, agreed with Lay's lawyers that his death required that his conviction be erased and his indictment dismissed. They cited a 2004 ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found that a defendant's death pending appeal extinguished his entire case because he hadn't had a full opportunity to challenge the conviction and the government shouldn't be able to punish a dead defendant or his estate. [NP] Tuesday's ruling thwarts the government's bid to seek $43.5 million prosecutors allege Lay took by participating in Enron's fraud. The government could still pursue those claims in civil court, but it would have to compete with any other litigants also pursuing lay's estate. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Late Enron founder Ken Lay's conviction is erased), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06] - [Underline emphasis added - D.R.D.]

2006 -  Trivia / Ground-Piercing Radar - October 18th, 2006: "Scientists were exited when they pulled a 154-pound meteorite from deep below a Kansas wheat field, but what got them more interested was the way they unearthed it. [NP] The team uncovered the find Monday [10/16/06] from 4 feet under a meteorite-strewn field, using new ground-penetrating radar. [NP] The radar pinpointed the site and proved for the first time that it could be used to find objects buried deep in the ground and to make an accurate three-dimensional image of them." [Based on: News Services article (Ground-piercing radar leads to meteorite find), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Hurricane-Force Winds / Tennessee - October 18th, 2006: "Hurricane-force winds  [10/17/06] down trees, close roads [Tennessee]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Resumed? / Whale Hunting, Iceland - October 18th, 2006: "Iceland said Tuesday [10/17/06] it would resume commercial whaling after a nearly two-decade moratorium, defying a worldwide ban on hunting the mammals for their meat. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Clean Bill of Health? / Eating Fish - October 18th, 2006: "The heart-healthy benefits of eating fish overshadow any risk posed by mercury or other dangerous contaminants, the Institute of Medicine reported Tuesday [10/17/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Eating fish gets a clean bill of health), p. A3, 10/18/06]

2006 -  Restructuring / Interior Ministry, Iraq - October 18th, 2006: "Iraq removes police commanders [Maj. Gen. Rashid Filah & Maj. Gen. Mahdi Sabbih] in Interior Ministry restructuring" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Signed "New Law" / George W. Bush - October 18th, 2006: "Law limits terrorism suspects' courtroom rights / President George W. Bush signs a law on the interrogation and prosecution of terrorism suspects, in a ceremony at the White House in Washington on Tuesday [10/17/06]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article & A.P. picture caption, S.L.P.D., p. A2, 10/18/06]

2006 -  Linked with Stress? / Alzheimer's Disease - October 18th, 2006: "Stress increases brain levels of proteins that lead to Alzheimer's disease, a new study from Washington University [Mo.] researchers reveals. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Study links stress with risk for Alzheimer's), p. A3, 10/18/06]

2006 -  Guilty Plea / Former FDA Commissioner - October 18th, 2006: "Former FDA chief [Lester Crawford] pleads guilty [10/17/06] of hiding stocks" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  FDA Approval / Type 2 Diabetes Tablet, U.S.A.  - October 18th, 2006: "FDA approves [10/17/06] new once-daily tablet [Merck & Co.'s Januvia] for Type 2 diabetes" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  May Reshape Education? / Play & Learn Video Games - October 18th, 2006: "Scientists call it the next great discovery, a way to captivate students so much they will spend hours learning on their own. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Play and learn: Video games may reshape education, scientists say), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Scope of Scandal / Former U.S. Rep. Randy Cunningham - October 18th, 2006: "In addition to the other corrupt dealings that forced his resignation from Congress, former Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham used his position on the House Intelligence Committee to steer more than $70 million in government funding to companies run by business cronies, according to a new report by the House panel. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Report shows scope of Cunningham scandal), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Calls for Muslims to Give Up Head Scarves / Tony Blair - October 18th, 2006: "Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday [10/17/06] that Islamic head scarves are a sign of separation. He said Britain's Muslims should be encouraged to integrate with mainstream society in order to improve their lives. [....] Two weeks ago, Jack Straw, leader of the House of Commons, said Muslim women visiting his office should remove their veils. A Muslim teaching assistant in northern England was then suspended from her job for refusing to remove a black veil that left only her eyes visible. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Blair calls for Muslims to give up head scarves), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/18/06]

2006 -  Heavy Storms / Greece - October 19th, 2006: "Heavy storms lashed southeastern Greece, leaving three people dead and forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency Wednesday [10/18/06] on three islands. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Storms kill three; emergency is declared), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 19th, 2006: "The stock market renewed its fourth-quarter rally Wednesday [10/18/06], helping the Dow Jones industrial average advance toward 12,000, as the year's steepest drop in consumer prices lowered inflation worries. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow pops above 12,000, pulls back), p. B5, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Revised Space Policy / U.S.A. - October 19th, 2006: "President George W. Bush has signed an order asserting the United States' right to deny adversaries access to space for hostile purposes. [NP] Bush also said the United States would oppose the development of treaties or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit U.S. access to or use of space. [NP] The provisions were contained in the first revision of U.S. space policy in nearly 10 years. Bush's order, signed more than a month ago, was not publicly announced, although unclassified details of his decision were posted on the website of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Revised space policy asserts defense rights), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Trivia / Ten Worst-Polluted Cities - October 19th, 2006: "More than 10 million people are at risk for lung infection, cancer and shortened life expectancy because they live in the 10 worst-polluted cities in the world, according to a report [by the Blacksmith Institute] issued Wednesday [10/18/06]. [....] 'Living in a town with serious pollution is like living under a death sentence,' the report said. 'If the damage does not come from immediate poisoning, then cancers, lung infections, mental retardation, are likely outcomes.' [....] One of the towns is La Oroya, Peru, where a lead smelter has contaminated the city. [....] Three Russian cities are among the most polluted - Dzherzhhinsk, Norilsk and Rudnaya Pristan. The other cities are Linfen, China; Haina, Dominican Republic; Ranipert, India; Mayluu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan; Chernobyl, Ukraine; and Kabwe, Zambia. [NP] According to the report, the cities are reminders of an early industrial era, with most pollution stemming from relics such as unregulated lead and coal mines." [Based on: A.P. article (Pollution puts 10 million at risk in 10 cities), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Face Court-Martial / U.S. Marines - October 19th, 2006: "Three Camp Pendleton Marines, including one from Illinois, will face courtsmartial on murder and kidnapping charges in the death of an Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania, but they will not face the death penalty, the Marine Corps said Wednesday [10/18/06]. [NP] The three were among seven Marines and one Navy corpsman charged with kidnapping and killing 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad in April. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Marine from Madison faces court-martial), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Trims Stake in Xugong / Carlyle Group - October 19th, 2006: "U.S. investment firm Carlyle Group has cut the size of the stake it is trying to buy in a Chinese construction equipment maker [Xugong Group Construction Machinery Co.] to 50 percent, the two companies said Wednesday [10/18/06], after a takeover bid last year prompted a nationalist outcry. [....] Carlyle's offer last year to buy 85 percent of Xugong for $375 million prompted Chinese complaints about asset sales to foreigners and received high-level official attention. Washington expressed concern, saying it hoped such decisions would be based on economic factors. [....] Carlyle, based in Washington, is one of the world's largest private equity funds, with some $44 billion invested around the world in industries ranging from manufacturing and power generation to media and telecoms." [Based on: A.P. article (Carlyle Group trims stake in construction firm in China), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Trivia / U.S. Social Security Checks - October 19th, 2006: "Social Security checks for nearly 49 million retirees are going up by 3.3 percent next year - an average increase of $33 per month, though rising health care costs will take a bite out of the gain. [NP] The monthly benefit for the typical retiree will rise to $1,044 from an average of $1,011 this year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Social Security checks will go up 3.3 percent), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Pushed Higher / U.S. Death Toll, Iraq - October 19th, 2006: "At least 11 U.S. troops were killed during a 30-hour period ending Wednesday [10/18/06] afternoon, putting this month on track to be the deadliest for Americans in Iraq since U.S. Marines stormed insurgent-controlled Fallujah in November 2004. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Deadly day in Iraq pushes U.S. toll higher), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Trivia / Loss of Bees Threatens Crops - October 19th, 2006: "The decline in populations of honeybees and other pollinators represents a largely ignored crisis that threatens billions of dollars in farm output, the National Academy of Sciences warned Wednesday [10/18/06]. [NP] In a 316-page report, the academy said long-term population trends of some bees, birds, bats and other animals and insects that spread pollen from flower to flower are 'demonstrably downward.' [....] Among recent causes of the decline in honeybees was the appearance in the United States of a parasitic mite known as Varroa destructor. It was first reported in 1987. [NP] A virulent disease that affects bees also has developed antibiotic resistance. [NP] In the Southeast, which is a major source of honeybees sold or leased for the rest of the country, encroachment of Africanized bees is also a major problem, the committee said. [NP] And misapplication of pesticides and unintended effects of transgenic crops also have killed some bees, according to the report. [NP] The committee urged the United States, Mexico and Canada to work together to solve the problem." [Based on: Cox News Service article (Loss of bees threatens crops, experts warn), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Suicide Bombers / Naval Base, Sri Lanka - October 19th, 2006: "Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels posing as fishermen blew up two boats in a suicide ambush on a Sri Lankan naval base Wednesday [10/18/06], killing at least one sailor, the military said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Suicide bombers strike naval base; sailor dies), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Corpse Plundering Funeral Homes / U.S.A. - October 19th, 2006: "Seven funeral home directors linked to a scheme to plunder corpses and sell the body parts for transplants pleaded guilty to undisclosed charges and have agreed to cooperate with investigators, prosecutors announced Wednesday [10/18/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Funeral home directors plead guilty in corpse plundering), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  NATO Airstrikes Kill Civilians / Afghanistan - October 19th, 2006: "Airstrikes by NATO helicopters hunting Taliban fighters ripped through three dried mud homes in southern Afghanistan as villagers slept early Wednesday [10/18/06]. At least nine civilians were killed, said residents and the provincial governor. [NP] Kandahar provincial Gov. Asadullah Khalid said among the dead were women and children. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Airstrikes by NATO kill civilians, Afghan provincial governor says), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

2006 -  Skeptical Terrorist Threat / U.S. Football Stadiums - October 19th, 2006: "An Internet message [dated October 12th] claiming that seven NFL stadiums will be hit with dirty bombs this weekend was met with 'strong skepticism' Wednesday [10/18/06] by government security officials. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Government is skeptical of threat against NFL stadiums), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/19/06]

*Trivia: "FBI calls bomb threat on stadiums a hoax [10/19/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

*Trivia: "Grocery clerk [Jake J. Brahm] charged [arrested 10/20/06] in stadium bomb hoax" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 10/21/06]

2006 - Trivia / Sunspot 917 - October 20th, 2006: "A new sunspot [917] is emerging near the center of the solar disk." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [10/20/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 20th, 2006: "The Dow Jones industrial average scored its first close above 12,000 Thursday [10/19/06] as Wall Street, undaunted despite evidence of a weaker economy, held fast to a slim advance. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 -  Backdating Options / U.S.A. - October 20th, 2006: "On tennis courts and golf courses, in bars and restaurants, at meetings and conventions, it seems corporate board members spread the word about a novel way to boost executive compensation - backdating options. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Chummy directors are behind backdating), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 -  Guilty Plea / Citibank Trader - October 20th, 2006: "Citibank trader [Charles Craig Gile] pleads guilty [10/19/06] of wire fraud" [Based on: Title for article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 - ECK Worldwide Seminar / The Year of Giving - October 20-22, 2006: "ECKANKAR, Religion of the Light and Sound of God, began its annual New Year celebration with the ECK Worldwide Seminar in Minneapolis, MN. The theme for this year is: The Year of Giving."

[Based on: http://www.eckankar.org/Seminars/WW/brochure06.pdf]

2006 -  Must Refund Compensation / Richard Grasso - October 20th, 2006: "Ex-NYSE chief must refund compensation / Repayment could reach $100 million; claim for $48 million more denied." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Near Coast of Central Peru - October 20th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:48:58 (UTC) on Friday, October 20th, 2006. The magnitude 6.6 event has been located @: NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usubal.php] - [10/21/06]

2006 -  Largest Ever Observed / Ozone Hole, Planet Earth - October 20th, 2006: "[....] 'The average area of the ozone hole was the largest ever observed,' said atmospheric scientist Paul Newman of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. By late September the hole - a severly depleted area of the protective ozone that shields the Earth's surface from harmful solar radiation - stretched over nearly 11 million square miles, which was 10 percent more than scientists were expecting." [Based on: Cox News Service article (Ozone hole over Antartica is largest ever), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 -  Questions U.S. Anti-Terror Law / World Red Cross - October 20th, 2006: "[....] Kellenberger [Red Cross president Jakob Kellenberger] said his concerns 'include the prohibition of outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humilitating and degrading treatment, and the prohibition of the denial of the right to a fair trial, which is a basic protection provided for in international law.' [NP] Kellenberger said the Geneva Conventions guarantee prisoners 'the presumption of innocence, the right to be tried by an impartial and independent court, the right to qualified legal counsel and the exclusion of any evidence obtained as a result of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.' " [Based on: A.P. article (World Red Cross questions America's anti-terror law), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 -  Official Government Approval? / Israeli Outposts, West Bank - October 20th, 2006: "Unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank would get official government approval under a deal Israel's defense minister is working out, settlers and government officials said Thursday [10/19/06], in apparent violation of a U.S.-backed peace plan. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (West Bank outpost may get Israel's OK), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 -  Acknowledged Intimate Contact with Mark Foley / Catholic Priest - October 20th, 2006: "A retired priest from Malta acknowledged Thursday [10/19/06] that he had intimate contact with a youthful Mark Foley that involved nudity and - on at least one occasion - 'light touching,' but denied that he and Foley had 'sexual intercourse.' [NP] The Rev. Anthony Mercieca was assigned to the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Lake Worth, Fla. in the mid-1960s, when Foley served as an altar boy there. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Retired priest tells of contact with former Rep. Mark Foley), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/20/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 21th, 2006: "Stocks preserved their fourth straight weekly gain Friday [10/20/06] as earnings at Google Inc. and 3M Co. beat analysts' estimates and oil dropped below $57 a barrel, lifting companies that depend on consumer spending. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A35, S.L.P.D., 10/21/06]

2006 - Solar Flare / Sunspot 917 - October 21st, 2006: " 'I went out to look at the sun today with my SolarMax60, not expecting to see much, but wow!' says Paul Maxson of Phoenix, Arizona. 'Sunspot 917 had a really nice flare going on.' [NP] He's right - wow. Solar activity is surging and the source is sunspot 917, shown here [see link] growing rapidly on Oct. 21st: [....] The sunspot's complexity and rate of growth suggest it may soon harbor energy for C- to M-class solar flares. Astronomers with solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor developments. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/21/06]

*Link: http://spaceweather.com/swpod2006/21oct06/maxson1.jpg

2006 -  Sued / Clorox Execs & Directors - October 21th, 2006: "Clorox execs are sued [over their handling of past stock-option grants]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 10/21/06]

2006 - Asteroid Encounter / Planet Earth - October 21st, 2006: "Asteroid EU64: Date: Oct. 21st; Miss Distance: 0.4 LD (Lunar Distance = 384,401 km); Magnitude: 18; Size: 11m."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/29/06] http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db?name=2006+EU64]

2006 -  Trivia / Global Warming Hot Spots - October 21th, 2006: "[....] The western United States, the Mediterranean region and Brazil will be especially affected, the study says. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (West predicted to be global warming hot spot), p. A26, S.L.P.D., 10/21/06]

2006 -  "Group of Terrorists" / Israeli Leaders? - October 21th, 2006: "Iranian president lables leaders of Israel a 'group of terrorists' [10/20/06 - after Israel's prime minister warned that Tehran would have 'a price to pay' if it does not roll back its nuclear program.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 10/21/06]

2006 - Buffeting Planet Earth / Solar Wind Stream - October 21st, 2006: "A high speed solar wind stream continues to buffet Earth's magnetosphere and is starting to cause some auroras [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/21/06]

2006 -  Will Give up Bonuses? / Fannie Mae Execs - October 21th, 2006: "Some Fannie Mae execs will give up bonuses [because of involvement in $10.8 billion in accounting errors]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 10/21/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Southeast Indian Ridge - October 22nd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:55:17 (UTC) on Sunday, October 22nd, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located @: SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usudai.php] - [10/22/06]

2006 -  Dozens More Killed / Iraq - October 23rd, 2006: "Dozens more killed in Iraq [at least 44] as ramadan draws to a close" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/23/06]

2006 - Converging on the Sun / Venus & Mars - October 23-27th, 2006: "Venus and Mars are converging on the sun. You can't see the event with the naked eye, but SOHO can. The spacecraft has a coronagraph onboard able to block the sun's glare and reveal nearby stars and planets: [....] As October unfolds, Mars will approach the sun from the left, Venus from the right, eventually forming a compact triangle less than one degree wide. Dates of closest approach: Oct. 23rd - 27th. Mark your calendar and join SOHO for a ring-side seat. [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/03/06]

2006 - Hurricane Paul / Baja Peninsula, Mexico - October 23rd, 2006: "As October drew to a close, Hurricane Paul was approaching the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. The sixteenth named Pacific storm of the 2006 season, Paul was whipping up sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (105 miles per hour) at the time of the National Hurricane Center’s 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time briefing on October 23. The storm track and intensity forecasts for Paul were still uncertain at that time, but landfall along the southern tip of Baja Peninsula as a strong storm was still a possibility. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13935]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Izu Islands, Japan Region - October 23rd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:17:25 (UTC) on Monday, October 23rd, 2006. The magnitude 6.4 event has been located @: IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usuebb.php] - [10/24/06]

2006 -  Ordered to Leave / U.N. Special Envoy, Sudan - October 23rd, 2006: "Sudan tells [10/22/06] U.N. special envoy [Jan Pronk] to leave country within 72 hours" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/23/06]

2006 -  Asked to Remove Veil in U.S. Court / Muslim Woman - October 23rd, 2006: "A judge dismissed a small-claims court case filed by a Muslim woman [Ginnah Muhhamad] after she refused to remove her veil when she testified. [....] District Judge Paul Paruk told her he needed to see her face to judge her truthfulness and gave her a choice: Take off the veil while testifying or have the case dismissed. She kept it on." [Based on: A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/23/06]

2006 - Ash Plume /  Soufriere Hills Volcano Volcano, Caribbean - October 23rd, 2006: "On October 23, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image [see link] of the Soufriere Hills Volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. In this image, the volcano emits a plume that blows westward over the ocean, mingling with nearby clouds. Unlike the opaque white clouds, however, the volcanic plume is darker and more translucent. MODIS caught the volcano in a period of ash and/or steam emissions that continued intermittently for days. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13944]

2006 - Sun in Scorpio - October 24th, 2006: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Scorpio." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200610.html]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 24th, 2006: "The October rally in stocks pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index to the highest close since 2000 as falling oil prices buoyed shares of companies most dependent on consumer spending. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (October rally sends S&P 500 to highest close since 2000), p. B5, S.L.P.D., 10/24/06]

2006 -  Rushed? / 9/11 Cleanup - October 24th, 2006: "[....] Over the past few days [October 2006], dozens of bones have been discovered in underground passages at ground zero, more than five years after the tragedy. [NP] 'I knew that this was going to happen - they really just wanted us out of here,' said retired Lt. John McArdle, the Police Department's ground zero commander. 'There was not a good exit strategy for some of these places, and if there was, it was poorly done.' [....] The area where bones are being found is one where officials had raised objections about ending the search. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Officials warned 9/11 cleanup was rushed), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/24/06]

2006 -  Sentenced / Jeffrey K. Skilling - October 24th, 2006: "Enron figure Skilling [Jeffrey K. Skilling] gets 24 years [10/23/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 10/24/06]

2006 -  Identity Theft / U.S. Securities Industry - October 24th, 2006: "Customer accounts at online brokers including ETrade Financial Corp. and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. have been infiltrated by computer hackers in one of the biggest cases of identity theft to strike the U.S. securities industry." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Hackers penetrate online brokers), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 10/24/06]

2006 -  Settlement / Medco Health Solutions Inc. - October 24th, 2006: "Medco Health will pay $155 million settlement / Pharmacy benefit manager accused of kickbacks, fraud, more." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/24/06]

2006 -  Vote to Test U.S. Long-Grain Rice / European Union - October 24th, 2006: "European Union nations voted Monday [10/23/06] to test all U.S. long-grain rice imports to make sure they don't contain genetically modified varities that haven't been approved by the EU. [NP] All consignments of U.S. long-grain rice will be sampled and tested at EU entry ports before they can be distributed and sold, the European Commission said." [Based on: Article (EU will test U.S. rice), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/24/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia - October 24th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:03:52 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 24th, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located @: KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usufab.php] - [10/24/06]

2006 -  Overhead Costs / Iraq - October 25th, 2006: "Overhead costs have consumed more than half the budget of some reconstruction projects in Iraq, according to a government estimate released Tuesday [10/24/06], leaving far less money than expected to provide the oil, water and electricity needed to improve the lives of Iraqis. [NP] The report by a federal oversight agency provided the first official estimate that in some cases, more money was being spent on things such as housing and feeding employees, completing paperwork and providing security than on actual reconstruction. [NP] In some cases those costs have eaten up 55 percent or more of the budget, according to the report by the Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction. On similar projects in the United States, those costs generally run to a few percent. [NP] The highest proportions of overhead were incurred in oil-facility contracts won by KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary formerly known as Kellogg, Brown & Root, which frequently has been challenged by critics in Congress and elsewhere. [NP] The actual costs for many projects could be even higher than the estimates, the report said, because the United States has not properly tracked how much such expenses have taken from the $18.4 billion of taxpayer-financed reconstruction approved by Congress two years ago. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Overhead costs eat up rebuilding budget in Iraq, report says) by James Glanz, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 25th, 2006: "Wall Street wobbled through a listless session and closed mixed Tuesday [10/24/06] as investors awaited the results of this week's Federal Reserve meeting,. Modest gains in the Dow Jones industrial average were enough for the index to set new trading and closing records. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Stocks limp through day as investors get cautious ahead of Fed), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Guilty Plea / David Kreinberg - October 25th, 2006: "Former Comverse exec [David Kreinberg] pleads guilty to fraud [Kreinberg faces up to 15 years in prison at sentencing on Feb. 23]" [Based on: Title for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Civil Suit / Kenneth Lay Estate - October 25th, 2006: "Federal prosecutors file civil case against Lay [Kenneth Lay estate - seeking to strip it of $12.7 million in ill-gotten gains from an accounting fraud that investors claim cost them $30 billion]" [Based on: Title for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Fraud Indictment / Ex-Refco CFO - October 25th, 2006: "Ex-Refco CFO [Robert C. Trosten] accused in NYC [10/24/06] of defrauding investors of $1 billion" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Executed by Injection / 'Prophet of God' - October 25th, 2006: "Ohio executed a religious cult leader Tuesday [10/24/06] for murdering a family of five followers who were taken one at a time to a barn, bound and fatally shot. The youngest was a 7-year-old girl. [NP] The cult leader, Jeffrey Lundgren, 56, died by injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. [NP] He argued at his trial that he was a prophet of God and therefore not deserving of the death penalty." [Based on: News Services article ('Prophet of God' executed by injection), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador  - October 25th, 2006: "The Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador emitted a plume of volcanic ash in late October 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image on October 25, 2006. Several days earlier, an eruption of lava and ash forced the evacuation of some 300 local villagers, according to news reports. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13942]

2006 -  Ohio sues KPMG over auditing of Fannie Mae - October 25th, 2006: "Fannie Mae's former auditor, KPMG LLP, approved $18.8 billion in faulty accounting so as not to jeopardize $44 million in non-audit income from a top client, Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro alleged in a court filing. [....] Congress created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, based in McLean, Va., to expand financing for home mortgages. The companies own or guarantee about 40 percent of the $10.5 trillion residential U.S. mortgage market. They are the biggest borrowers in the U.S. behind the federal government." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Ohio sues KPMG over auditing of fannie Mae) by James Tyson, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Gets OK / Mercury-Based Preservative, U.S.A. - October 25th, 2006: "Federal health officials won't put new restrictions on the use of a mercury-based preservative in vaccines and other medicines, denying a petition that sought the limits because of health concerns. [NP] A group called the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs petitioned the Food and Drug Administration in 2004 seeking the restrictions on theh [< typo? Should read "the"] preservative, thimerosal, citing concerns that it is linked to autism. In a reply dated Sept. 26 and made public Tuesday [10/24/06], the FDA rejected the petition." [Based on: News Services article (Mercury-based preservative gets OK), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 -  Rejects Part of Anti-Terror Law / Canadian Judge - October 25th, 2006: "The first person charged under Canada's anti-terrorism act won a partial victory Tuesday [10/24/06] when a judge struck down a key portion of the law. [NP] Mohammed Momin Khawaja, 27, is accused of taking part in and giving assistance to an alleged terrorist ring based in Britain. He faces seven charges. [NP] Justice Douglas Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice 'severed' a clause in the law which makes proof of terrorism dependent on showing a religious, political or ideological motive for a crime. He wrote that the clause constituted an infringement of freedoms, 'including those of religion, thought, belief, opinion, expression and association.' " [Based on: News Services article (Judge rejects part of anti-terror law), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Safe for Babies and Toddlers? / Flu Vaccine, U.S.A. - October 25th, 2006: "The biggest study ever to look at the side effects of flu shots in children confirmed that the vaccine is safe for babies and toddlers. [....] Flu vaccine has a good safety record, the researchers wrote, though some formulations have been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare paralyzing disorder. [NP] With the shots now recommended for all children younger than 5, the findings are reassuring, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University who was not involved in the study. [....] The federally funded study appears in today's [10/25/06] Journal of the American Medical Association. [NP] Nine of the study's 19 co-authors reported financial ties to vaccine manufacturers; the industry had no direct role in the study." [Based on: A.P. article (Flu shots safe for toddlers, study finds), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06] - [Brackets text added for clarity - D.R.D.]

2006 -  Earnings Trivia / "U.S. Military Industrial Complex" - October 25th, 2006: "Profits at aerospace and defense contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. climbed in the third quarter on strong sales of everything from jet fighters and submarines to mail sorting machines, the companies said Tuesday [10/24/06]. [NP] Both companies expected further strong growth in 2007 based on Congressional defense spending priorities. [....] For 2007, Lockheed expects earnings of $5.60 to $5.80 per share on $41 billion to $42 billion of revenue. [....] For 2007, Northrop said it expects revenue between $31 billion and $32 billion and for earnings per share to increase to between $4.65 to $4.90 per share. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Lockheed, Northrop profit from the air to the sea), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Mission "Stereo" [Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory] Trivia - October 25th, 2006: "Satellites to be launched tonight will study sun and solar eruptions like a pair of eyes" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Some U.S. Military Personnel Plan to Petition / For End of War in Iraq - October 25th, 2006: "[....] Madden [U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Liam Madden] is one of about 118 members of the U.S. armed forces who plan to petition Congress asking that U.S. forces be withdrawn from Iraq and brought home, said attorney J.E. McNeil. [NP] McNeil is advising the grass-roots group of active-duty service personnel, who organized the petition drive through a website (www.appealforredress.org). [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Some military personnel to petition for end of war), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/25/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 26th, 2006: "Stocks advanced Wednesday [10/25/06], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its longest winning streak since March, after the Federal Reserve said the economy is expanding and inflation is under control. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Fed decision feeds investors' fever for S&P 500 stocks), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 10/26/06]

2006 -  Arson Fire / California - October 26th, 2006: "[....] The blaze that broke out Thursday [10/26/06] destroyed about 10 structures, including homes, forced 700 people to flee, and flushed coyotes and other wildlife into the open. [N.P.] Investigators have not said how they know the 40-square-mile blaze was arson, how it was set, or why.  But they said those responsible could face murder charges [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Reward reaches $400,000 for arrest in arson), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/28/06]

2006 -  Seized / Three Shell Oil Platforms, Nigeria - October 26th, 2006: "Nigerian villagers seize 3 Shell oil platforms [10/25/06]" [Based on: Title for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/26/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 27th, 2006: "Wall Street extended its rally Thursday [10/26/06] as robust earnings at Exxon Mobil Corp. and Aetna Inc. helped bolster investors as they tried to reconcile divergent economic data. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Exxon Mobil, Aetna earnings help extend Wall Street's streak), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Heavy Snow / Colorado - October 27th, 2006: "Snow buries parts of Colorado [10/26/06] / Travelers are stranded and highways closed as some areas get more than 2 feet." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Cargo Ship / Intl. Space Station  - October 27th, 2006: "After glitch, cargo ship [unmanned Russian cargo ship] brings treats to space station [10/26/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Fraud Conviction / David Finnerty - October 27th, 2006: "Former New York Stock Exchange specialist David Finnerty was convicted Thursday [10/26/06] of defrauding investors of $4.5 million, the fifth person to be convicted in a government crackdown on illegal trading. [....]" [Based on: Article (Ex-specialist is convicted), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Border Fence / U.S.-Mexico Border - October 27th, 2006: "Bush signs bill [10/26/06] to fence off 700 miles of border" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Settlement / Bunge North America Inc. - October 27th, 2006: "Bunge North America Inc., a Maryland Heights-based agri-business company [Mo.], has reached a $13.9 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over alleged Clean Air Act violations at a dozen Midwestern facilities [11 soybean processing plants and a corn dry mill extraction plant in eight states: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.] . [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Bunge settles EPA complaints for $13.9 million), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  NATO Raid Kills Civilians / Afghanistan - October 27th, 2006: "NATO raid [10/24/06] killed civilians [estimated by Afghan officials at between 30 and 85], Afghan officials say" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Fraud Settlement / Stephen J. Treadway - October 27th, 2006: "Ex-Pimco exec [Stephen J. Treadway] settles $572,000 fraud case" [Based on: Article title, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 - World Series Champions / St. Louis Cardinals - October 27th, 2006: "Final score: St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit  Tigers 2, in five games."

2006 -  Pleads Guilty in Iraqi Civilian's Death / U.S. Marine - October 27th, 2006: "A Marine [Pfc. John J. Jodka III] pleaded guilty Thursday [10/26/06] to charges of assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the death of an Iraqi civilian, telling a judge he knew his actions would fuel anti-war sentiment. [....] The judge set sentencing for Nov. 15 Jodka could receive up to 15 years in prison" [Based on: A.P. article (Marine pleads guilty in Iraqi civilian's death), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Launches Wireless Monitoring Service / A.T&T Inc. - October 27th, 2006: "AT&T Inc. is introducing a home monitoring service that includes live video surveillance on a computer or cell phone, as well as lighting controls and detection sensors for motion, temperature changes and flooding. [NP] The service launched Thursday [10/26/06] priced at $9.95 per month, is compatible with any broadband Internet service. [....]" [Based on: Article (AT&T launches wireless monitoring service), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/27/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 28th, 2006: "Stocks fell the most in almost two months Friday [10/27/06] after a report that the economy grew at the slowest pace since 2003 suggested earnings estimates may be too high. The drop halted a weeklong advance. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Weak GDP numbers push stocks down most in 2 months), p. A39, S.L.P.D., 10/28/06]

2006 -  National Day of Healing - October 28th, 2006: "National Day of Healing is today around the world / Hundreds of churches across the country [U.S.A.] and at least four here [St. Louis] are participating in event." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for S.L.P.D. article, p. A29, 10/28/06]

2006 -  Gets Prison / David Safavian - October 28th, 2006: "Ex-official with ties to Abramoff [David Safavian] gets prison [sentenced 10/27/06 to 18 months]" [Based on: Title for A. P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/28/06]

2006 - Solar Wind Stream / Planet Earth - October 28th, 2006: "A solar wind stream hit Earth on Oct 28th, sparking no full-fledged geomagnetic storm but auroras anyway over northern Europe, Canada and Alaska. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [10/29/06]

2006 -  Bust Reiterates / U.S. Doesn't Use Torture - October 28th, 2006: "Bush reiterates U.S. doesn't use torture / His remarks follow vice president's comment that some interpreted as an endorsement of 'water boarding.' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A. P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/28/06]

2006 -  Journalists Killed / Oaxaca, Mexico - October 29th, 2006: "Fox [Vicente Fox] sends in federal police [Oaxaca, Mexico] after U.S. journalists killed [10/27/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/29/06]

2006 - Super Typhoon Cimaron / Philippines - October 29th, 2006: "Super Typhoon Cimaron struck the northernmost large island in the Philippines, Luzon, [with 125-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain] on October 29, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13949]

2006 - Mercury Retrograde - October 30th, 2006: "The planet Mercury goes retrograde [24 Scorpio]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200610.html]

2006 -  23 Policemen Killed / Iraq - October 30th, 2006: "23 policemen killed in Iraq [10/29/06]; Sunnis suspected / Sunni vice president threatens to resign over Shiite militias." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/30/06]

2006 - Rotating Hexagon? / Saturn - October 30th, 2006: "An odd, six-sided, honeycomb-shaped feature circling the entire north pole of Saturn has captured the interest of scientists with NASA's Cassini mission. [NP] NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft imaged the feature over two decades ago. The fact that it has appeared in Cassini images indicates that it is a long-lived feature. A second hexagon, significantly darker than the brighter historical feature, is also visible in the Cassini pictures. The spacecraft's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer is the first instrument to capture the entire hexagon feature in one image. [....] The Saturn north pole hexagon has not been visible to Cassini's visual cameras [2007?], because it's winter in that area, so the hexagon is under the cover of the long polar night, which lasts about 15 years. The infrared mapping spectrometer can image Saturn in both daytime and nighttime conditions and see deep inside. It imaged the feature with thermal wavelengths near 5 microns (seven times the wavelength visible to the human eye) during a 12-day period beginning on Oct. 30, 2006. As winter wanes over the next two years, the feature may become visible to the visual cameras. [....] The hexagon appears to have remained fixed with Saturn's rotation rate and axis since first glimpsed by Voyager 26 years ago. The actual rotation rate of Saturn is still uncertain. [....]" [Based on: NASA article (Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn), 03/27/07]

2006 - Asteroid Encounter / Planet Earth - October 30th, 2006: "Asteroid UJ185: Date: Oct. 30th; Miss Distance: 0.7 LD (Lunar Distance = 384,401 km); Magnitude: 17; Size: 10m."

[Based on: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db?name=2006+UJ185]

2006 -  Storm System / Maryland to Maine - October 30th, 2006: "Thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity Sunday [10/29/06] from Maryland to Maine as a storm system blasted the region with gusts of more than 50 mph, knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed for at least two deaths. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Wind and rain cut power, kill two in East), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/30/06]

2006 -  Missing U.S.-Issued Weapons / Iraq - October 30th, 2006: "Nearly one of every 25 weapons the U.S. military bought for Iraqi security forces is missing and many others cannot be repaired because parts or technical manuals are lacking a government audit said Sunday [10/29/06]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (14,030 U.S.-issued weapons missing in Iraq), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/30/06]

2006 -  President Luiz Lula da Silva / Brazil - October 30th, 2006: "President Luiz Lula da Silva, forced into a runoff after a disappointing performance in the general election, won a landslide victory Sunday [10/29/06] to a second term as leader of Latin America's largest nation [Brazil]" [Based on: News Services article (Da Silva triumphs in presidential runoff), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/30/06]

2006 -  Nigerian Plane Crash, Abuja, Nigeria - October 30th, 2006: "Rain was falling when the Nigerian jetliner started down the runway [10/29/06]. A minute later, the plane was a tangle of smoldering wreckage, charred corpses and ripped luggage. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (6 survive Nigeria crash; 98 feared dead / Muslim leader among dead - Muhammadu Maccido was the sultan of Sokoto. The nation's airlines are notoriously unsafe.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/30/06]

2006 -  Suspected Militants Killed / Afghanistan - October 30th, 2006: "NATO and Afghan troops killed 70 suspected militants who attacked a military base in southern Afghanistan, while a roadside blast killed one NATO soldier and wounded eight others, the alliance said Sunday [10/29/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (70 militants reportedly killed in attack on base), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/30/06]

2006 -  Seize Control of Oaxaca / Mexican Police - October 30th, 2006: "Mexican police seize control of Oaxaca [10/29/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/30/06]

2006 -  Market Report / U.S.A. - October 31st, 2006: "Stocks failed to resume their October rally Monday [10/30/06] after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported its smallest monthly U.S. sales increase in two years. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Wal-Mart's bad news takes toll on the Dow), p. C5, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  Deadly Bombings / Iraq - October 31st, 2006: "Bombings kill 46 [10/30/06] on bloody day in Baghdad / Laborers in Sadr City die when bomb explodes as they wait for work." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  New Bird Flu Strain? / Asia - October 31st, 2006: "New strain of bird flu is infecting people in Asia" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  Resignation / Ex-Taro CFO - October 31st, 2006: "Taro [Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.] CFO [Kevin Connelly] resigns after auditor's report [that said misleading statements had been made to the SEC]" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  Guilty Plea / Michael Pickens - October 31st, 2006: "Billionaire's son [Michael Pickens] pleads guilty [that he fraudulently boosted stock prices] in stock scheme" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  Resignation / Ex-Monster.com CEO - October 31st, 2006: "Andrew J. McKelvey quits board after refusing to be interviewed about company's stock options practices." [Based on: A.P. article (Monster mess / Ex-Monster.com CEO resigns from board over options probe), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  Files for Bankruptcy / Dura Automotive Inc. - October 31st, 2006: "Dura [Dura Automotive Systens Inc.] files for bankruptcy [10/30/06 - the fifth major U.S. auto-parts company since February 2005]" [Based on: Article title, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  Merck & Co. Acquisition / Sirna Therapeutics Inc. - October 31st, 2006: "Merck & Co. agreed to buy Sirna Therapeutics Inc. for $1.1 billion to gain experimental medicines using gene technology, its biggest acquisition under a plan initiated last year to bolster drugs in development. [....]" [Based on: Article (Merck pays $1.1 billion for Sirna Therapeutics), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

2006 -  Pakistani Strike / Alleged Terror Camp, Afghan Border  - October 31st, 2006: "80 die in Pakistani strike [10/30/06] on alleged terror camp [alleged al-Qaida training camp]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/31/06]

Calendar Months

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