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 2008

2008 - Astronomic Configuration - October 1st, 2008: "Sun [8 Libra], Moon [0 Scorpio], Mercury [19 Libra R.], Venus [8 Scorpio], Mars [28 Libra], Jupiter [13 Capricorn], Saturn [15 Virgo], Uranus [19 Pisces R.], Neptune [21 Aquarius R.], Pluto [28 Sagittarius], Chiron [16 Aquarius R.]." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200810.html]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 1st, 2008: "Stocks jumped the most in six years Tuesday [09/30/08] as growing expectations that lawmakers will salvage a $700 billion bank-rescue package helped the Standard & Poor's 500 index recover more than half of Monday's 8.8 percent plunge. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (WALL STREET REBOUND / Stocks zoom up most in 6 years / S&P 500 recovers more than half of Monday's 8.8% plunge.), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - EU Monitors / Georgia - October 1st, 2008: "As hundreds of European Union monitors prepared to deploy in Georgia today, Russia said it would not allow them to enter a buffer zone surrounding separatist South Ossetia. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Russia bars EU monitors from buffer zone), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

*Trivia: "Russian troops allow EU monitors to patrol [10/01/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Neanderthals Revealed - October 2008: "The Other Humans / NEANDERTHALS REVEALED" [Based on Tile for N.G.M. / October 2008]

2008 - Trivia / Yucca Mountain - October 1st, 2008: "A proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada must be designed to ensure that people living near it a million years from now are exposed to no more than 100 millirems of radiation annually, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday [09/30/08]" [Based on: News Services article (Yucca Mountain), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - Trivia / Sunnis & Shiites, Iraq - October 1st, 2008: "Awakening Council groups in Iraq are wary of handover of authority / U.S.-backed fighters are largely Sunni; Shiites lead Iraq's government." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

*Trivia: "BAGHDAD / Iraqi government takes over Sunni militia forces [10/01/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Jobless Rate / St. Louis, Mo. - October 1st, 2008: "[....] About 7.2 percent of St. Louis-area workers - 103,700 people - wanted work but couldn't find it in August [2008]. That's the same rate as July but up from 5.6 percent in August 2007, and the highest clip since 1992. Nationwide, the jobless rate was 6.1 percent. [....]" [Based on: Article (Jobless rate here is higher than in U.S.; hard-hit manufacturing sector is a key), pp. A1 & A8, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - Housing Prices Decline / U.S.A. - October 1st, 2008: "A closely watched index released Tuesday [09/30/08] showed house prices tumbling by the sharpest annual rate ever in July, and though the monthly rate of decline is slowing, there is no turnaround in sight. [NP] The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller 20-city housing index fell a record 16.3 percent in July from the year-ago month, the largest drop since its inception in 2000. The 10-city index plunged 17.5 percent, its biggest decline in its 21-year history." [Based on: Wire Services article (HOUSING / Prices post 16% decline), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - Economic Trivia / U.S. & China - October 1st, 2008: "U.S. downswing is slap to Chinese economy" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - Defense Funding / St. Louis, Mo. - October 1st, 2008: "[....] Boeing, one of St. Louis' largest employers, got $3.6 billion for its Future Combat Systems project, an $100 billion Army modernization project that is one of the largest military programs in history. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Missouri, Illinois receive big defense funding) by Philip Dine, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - October 1st, 2008: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Oct 2008 at 02:01:31 AM GMT is: $9,948,562,519,530.22. The estimated population of the United States is 304,825,334 so each citizen's share of this debt is $32,636.93. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.56 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 09/30/08]

2008 - Halted / U.S. Pesticides Program? - October 1st, 2008: "The Bush administration has abruptly halted a government program ['the 18-year-old Agricultural Chemical Usage program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture'] that tests the levels of pesticides in fruits, vegetables and field crops, arguing that the $8 million-a-year program is too expensive - a decision critics say could make it harder to protect consumers from chemicals in their food. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Program testing produce for pesticides is halted), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - Unreleased / FBI Anthrax Documents - October 1st, 2008: "The FBI is declining to release at least 15,000 pages of documents related to the now-deceased prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks despite lingering suspicions that the bureau has accused the wrong man. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (FBI won't release anthrax case data), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/01/08]

2008 - AIDS History - October 2nd, 2008: "The AIDS virus has been circulationg among people for about a hundred years, decades longer than scientists had thought, a new study suggests." [Based on: News Services article (AIDS history), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 2nd, 2008: "Stocks fell Wednesday [10/01/08] as a report showed manufacturing contracted more than forecast and analysts cut earnings estimates on industrial companies, overshadowing Warren Buffett's $3 billion investment in General Electric Co. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (STOCK MARKET / Shares feel pain as manufacturing slows / Manufacturing report, cuts in earnings estimates overshadow Buffett's $3 billion investment in GE.), p. D1, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Tainted Candy / China - October 2nd, 2008: "The industrial chemical melamine, blamed for sickening thousands of infants in China, has been found in candy imported from China and sold in stores in Connecticut, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Tainted candy), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Hurricane Ike Horror Story - October 2nd, 2008: "Ike evacuees' horror story / Fights broke out and police used pepper spray on dozens of the 1,600 people crammed into a vacant store [Wal-Mart] turned into an emergency shelter." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Drop / U.S. Manufacturing - October 2nd, 2008: "Manufacturing makes big drop" [Based on: Title for Article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Vice Presidential Debate / U.S.A. - October 2nd, 2008: "ELECTION 2008 - VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE [St. Louis, Mo. - 10/02/08] / They hit their marks / BIDEN - DEMOCRAT LACES SCHOLARLY RESPONSES WITH A BIT OF PASSION. / PALIN - REPUBLICAN DELIVERS ATTACKS WITH A SMILE AND FOLKSY STYLE." [Based on: Front Page title & subtitles, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Senate Approval / U.S. Bailout Bill - October 2nd, 2008: "Revamped bailout easily clears [10/01/08] Senate [74-25] / Ball is back in House's court - Lopsided vote plus popular changes could sway holdouts. / Obama, McCain give weight to moment - Goal is to end uncertainty in stock markets." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Credit Dries Up / U.S. Car Dealers - October 2nd, 2008: "As credit dries up, car dealers close / A jarring switch - Buyers now shun gas guzzlers, which had powered sellers' profits." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Climate Change Threatens Species - October 2nd, 2008: "ORLANDO, FLA. Climate change a threat to species ['up to a third of the planet's species by the end of the century'], scientists say [10/01/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Senate Approval / U.S. India Nuclear Deal - October 2nd, 2008: "Senate OKs [86-13] U.S.-India nuclear deal [10/01/08] / Measure sent to president ends ban on exchanges imposed three decades ago." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Wants More Troops / U.S. General, Afghanistan - October 2nd, 2008: "U.S. GENERAL [Gen. David McKiernan] IN AFGHANISTAN WANTS MORE TROOPS ['warned Wednesday'] / 'Tough fight' could get tougher" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - International Operations / Peabody Energy Corp. - October 2nd, 2008: "COAL / Peabody goes out for mine in inner Mongolia / $2.5 billion project will be developed by St.Louis-based company, a Chinese rail group and China's government. / International operations now represent half of Peabody's sales and profits, and China is a cornerstone of future plans." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article by Jeffery Tomich, p. D1, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Berkshire Hathaway Investment / General Electric Co. - October 2nd, 2008: "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is investing $3 billion in General Electric Co., a huge vote of confidence for an iconic American company battered by the credit crisis. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Warren Buffett believes in GE / His berkshire Hathaway invests $3 billion in 'the symbol of American business to the world.'), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 10/02/08]

2008 - Sunspot 1003 - October 3rd, 2008: "Magnetic fields are punching through the solar surface and coalescing to form a sunspot near the sun's southeastern limb. This SOHO magnetic map of the sun shows the region's location and polarity: [....] The high southern latitude of the active region means it is probably a member of new Solar Cycle 24. The sun has been relentlessly blank for most of 2008, signifying a deep and sleepy minimum of the solar cycle. This tiny spot, and other recent ones like it, show that the sun is awakening again, albeit very slowly. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/03/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Sream - October 3rd, 2008: "A high-speed solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing geomagnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. Sky watchers from Alaska to Scandinavia should be alert for auroras: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/03/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 3rd, 2008: "Stocks dropped for a second day Thursday [10/02/08] as a jump in borrowing costs and reports showing a worsening economy spurred concern that the government's $700 billion bank bailout plan won't be enough to stimulate growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (STOCK MARKET / Worries give U.S. stocks the heebie-jeebies / A jump in borrowing costs, worsening economy spur concern that bailout won't be enough. / 'There's a liquidity crisis going on that's putting investors on edge. Liquidity is like oxygen. Lack of it can cause serious damage in a very short time.' - Alan Gayle), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Sale Signs / U.S. Stores - October 3rd, 2008: "Worried retailers cut prices to lure strapped shoppers / Action comes mixed with low expectations for holiday sales." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Oil Prices Decline / U.S.A. - October 4th, 2008: "OIL / Prices dip below $94 [10/02/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Political Crisis / Ireland - October 3rd, 2008: "DUBLIN, IRELAND / Political crisis [power-sharing] grows in Northern Ireland [10/02/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Trivia / Abramoff Records - October 3rd, 2008: "A federal judge has rejected the attempt by the administration of President George W. Bush to shield records that may shed light on the White House visits of now imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff. [NP] In several orders this week, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth sided with watchdog groups Judicial Watch and Citizens for responsibiliyty and Ethics, which are suing the Secret Service and department of Homeland Security for access to the logs. [NP] Lamberth said the security records are not exempt under the federal Freedom of Information Act on the grounds that the information could promote criminal activity." [Based on: News Services article (Judge rejects shielding Abramoff records), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Term Limits? / Michael Bloomberg - October 3rd, 2008: "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday [10/02/08] he supports extending the city's term limit law so he could have a chance for a third four-year term." [Based on: News Services article (Mr. Mayor), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & India - October 3rd, 2008: "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel today to India to mark a landmark U.S.-India nuclear cooperation accord." [Based on: News Services article (Visit to India), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Stock Prices Down / Monsanto Co. - October 4th, 2008: "Monsanto's stock takes a 21 percent hit ['one-sixth of its market value' - 10/02/08] / Spooked investors worry that drop in demand might hit ag companies." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Ukraine - October 3rd, 2008: "NOVO-OGARYOVO, RUSSIA / Ukraine is sending arms to Georgia, Putin charges [10/02/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Foreign relations / France & Venezuela - October 3rd, 2008: "France is willing to help Venezuela develop a civilian nuclear power program, the foreign ministers of both countries said Thursday [10/02/08]." [Based on: News Services article (Nuclear offer), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & North Korea - October 3rd, 2008: "The chief U.S. nuclear envoy stayed on in North Korea for an unexpected second day of talks Thursday [10/02/08] to persuade Pyongyang to resume dismantling its nuclear program in exchange for energy aid." [Based on: News Services article (North Korea talks), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Suicide Bombers / Southeast Baghdad, Iraq - October 3rd, 2008: "Suicide bombers targeting Shiite worshippers killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more at Baghdad mosques Thursday morning [10/02/08], officials said." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Iraq suicide bombers target Shiite mosques), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - FDA Opposes Ban / Kids Cold Medicines - October 3rd, 2008: "WASHINGTON / FDA opposes banning kids' cold medicines [10/02/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit Drop / Marriott International Inc. - October 3th, 2008: "Hotel company Marriott International Inc. said Thursday [10/02/08] that its third-quarter profit dropped 28 percent, compared with 2007, and it warned investors about deteriorating conditions. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL / Profit drops 28 percent), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/03/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 4th, 2008: "Stocks slid Friday [10/04/08], capping the worst week for the Standard & Poor's 500 index since the 9/11 attacks on concern the $700 billion bank bailout isn't enough to unlock credit markets. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks sag on concern bailout isn't enough), p. A36, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - Jobless Figures / U.S.A. - October 4th, 2008: "Jobless figures [U.S.A.] are worst in five years ['lost 159,000 in September']" [Based on: Title for New York Times Article, p. A35, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - Wachovia Bid / Wells Fargo - October 4th, 2008: "Wells Fargo's Wachovia bid [10/03/08] angers Citigroup" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - Elections Law Approved / Iraq - October 4th, 2008: "Presidency council in Iraq approves elections law ['officials said Friday]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - House Approval / U.S. Bailout Plan - October 4th, 2008: "House OKs bailout [263-171 - 10/03/08] in turnaround" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - Plane Crash Trivia / Steve Fossett - October 4th, 2008: "Officials finish work [10/03/08] in area [Sierra Nevada] of Fossett crash" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - Car Explosion / South Ossetia, Georgia - October 4th, 2008: "SOUTH OSSETIA, GEORGIA / Car explosion kills 7 Russian soldiers" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 10/04/08]

2008 - Trivia / Wachovia Deal - October 5th, 2008: "NY judge [Justice Charles E. Ramos] holds up Wachovia deal [10/04/08] / In unusual hearing, Citigroup wins order blocking Wells Fargo" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/05/08]

2008 - Convicted / O.J. Simpson - October 5th, 2008: "13 years later, a different O.J. verdict [10/03/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/05/08]

2008 - Leaving Iraq / Polish Troops - October 5th, 2008: "Polish troops join others leaving Iraq [10/04/08] / With sharp decrease in violence, coalition no longer needs them." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/05/08]

2008 - Death? / Key Al-Qaida Figure - October 5th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / U.S. reports [10/15/08] death [10/05/08 - Mosul, Iraq] of key ['alleged No. 2 leader'] al-Qaida in Iraq figure [Abu Qaswarah]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Egyptian Foreign Minister / Iraq - October 5th, 2008: "Foreign minister of Egypt visits Iraq [10/05/08] / It's the first such trip since 1990, when Saddam invaded Kuwait and his regime was largely shunned by Arab governments." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/06/08]

2008 - 25-Year-Old Civil War / Sri Lanka - October 5th, 2008: "Sri Lanka war rages in shadows / Journalists, aid groups are kept away as fighting intensifies." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/05/08]

2008 - Big Political Donors / Wall Street Financiers - October 5th, 2008: "The Wall Street financiers and firms whose problems have prompted a $700 billion federal bailout are no strangers to Capitol Hill or to politics. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Wall Street financiers are big political donors), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/05/08]

2008 - Indirect Criticism / Atomic Program, Israel - October 5th, 2008: "A U.N. nuclear conference indirectly criticized Israel on Saturday [10/04/08] for refusing to put its atomic program under international purview. [NP] The International Atomic Energy Agency conference voted for a resolution urging all nations to open their nuclear activities to outside inspections and work toward the establishment of a Mideast nuclear weapons-free zone. [NP] With Israel the only country in the region considered to have atomic arms, passage of the resolution constituted indirect criticism of the Jewish state." [Based on: News Services article (VIENNA, AUSTRIA / Nuclear arms resolution seems pointed at Israel), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/05/08]

*Trivia: "Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was arrested by Israeli police Friday [11/18/05] after visiting the West Bank, authorities said. The former technician at Israel's main nuclear reactor last year completed an 18-year prison sentence for revealing Israel's nuclear capability to a British newspaper in 1986. Based on Vanunu's evidence, including photos, experts said at the time Israel had the world's sixth largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. Israel neither acknowledges nor denies having a nuclear weapons' program, following a policy of nuclear ambiguity. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Israeli police arrest nuclear whistleblower), p. A32, S.L.P.D., 11/19/05]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Kermadec Islands, New Zealand - October 5th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:12:39 (UTC) on Sunday, October 5th, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 30.246°S, 177.196°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xuan.php] - [T.D. - 10/06/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Kyrgyzstan - October 5th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:52:49 (UTC) on Sunday, October 5th, 2008. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 39.515°N, 73.768°E; Depth 27.6 km (17.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ KYRGYZSTAN." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xuay.php] - [T.D. - 10/06/08]

2008 - Trivia / European Banks - October 6th, 2008: "Europeans scramble to save failing banks [10/05/08] / Germany moves to guarantee all private savings accounts in the country to ease depositors' worries." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/06/08]

2008 - Trivia / NASA Retooling  - October 6th, 2008: "[....] The gap is coming: From 2010, when the national Aeronautics and Space Administration shuts down the space shuttle program, to 2015, when the next generation of American spacecraft is to arrive, NASA expects to have no human flight capacity and will depend on Russia to get to the $100 billion station, buying seats on Soyuz craft as space tourists do. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (NASA retooling leaves Russia in driver's seat / Rising tension makes reliance on Soyuz spacecraft to reach space station awkward.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/06/08]

2008 - Family Fatality / Joe Biden - October 6th, 2008: "Biden cancels events after mother-in-law's [Bonny Jean Jacobs, 78] death [10/05/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/06/08]

2008 - Settlement / Countrywide Financial - October 6th, 2008: "At least eight states, including Illinois, California and Texas, have reached an $8.8 billion settlement of their lawsuits against Countrywide Financial, the biggest subprime mortgage lender. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (States reach $8.8 billion settlement in Countrywide lawsuit / Deal includes new mortgages with interest rates as low as 2.5 percent and compensation to people who have already lost homes.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/06/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Eastern Xizang - October 6th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:30:45 (UTC) on Monday, October 6th, 2008. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 29.759°N, 90.302°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ EASTERN XIZANG." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008xva9.php] - [T.D. - 10/06/08]

2008 - Pollution in its Wake / Hurricane Ike  - October 6th, 2008: "[....] At least a half million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, bayous and bays of Louisiana and Texas, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. [NP] The Coast Guard, with the Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies, has responded to more than 3,000 pollution reports associated with the storm and its surge along the upper Texas coast. Most callers complain about abandoned propane tanks, paint cans and other hazardous material containers turning up in marshes and backyards. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Ike left pollution in its wake), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/06/08]

2008 - Messenger Spacecraft / Planet Mercury - October 6th, 2008: "When NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft skimmed past Mercury on Oct. 6th, it did so with record-setting precision. 'Our goal was to fly 200 kilometers from the planet’s surface, and we missed that target by only 0.6 kilometers,' says mission designer Jim McAdams of Johns Hopkins University. This was made possible by a form of solar sailing: controllers rotated the spacecraft and tilted its solar panels to catch the very small pressure of sunlight and fine-tune the spacecraft’s trajectory. Congratulations to the MESSENGER nav-team!" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/09/08]

2008 - SIDS Trivia - October 7th, 2008: "SIDS PREVENTION / Fans appear to cut risk of infant deaths" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Wachovia Status - October 7th, 2008: "FED LEADS THE CHARGE / Wachovia issue at a standstill [10/06/08] / Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Wachovia agree to halt legal activity as the banks and Fed try to work out an agreement on Wachovia's fate." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p C1, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Global Stock Slide - October 7th, 2008: "The U.S. government's $700 billion rescue, aimed at rebuilding global economic confidence, appeared to sound an alarm instead on Monday [10/06/08]" [Based on: A.P. article (GLOBAL STOCK SLIDE - EUROPEAN BANK BAILOUTS SPUR SELL-OFF / DOW JONES TUMBLE - FALL BELOW 10,000 SIGNALS LITTLE FAITH IN RESCUE / A harrowing ride), p A1, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Polar Bear Help? - October 7th, 2008: "Environmental groups and the Bush administration reached a partial court settlement on Monday [10/06/08] that requires the Department of Interior to designate critical habitat for polar bears by June 30, 2010." [Based on: News Services article (Polar bear help), p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 7th, 2008: "Stocks dropped Monday [10/06/08], driving the Dow Jones industrial average below 10,000 for the first time in four years, after bank bailouts in Europe widened and commodities producers slid." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Dow falls to a four-year low / For the first time since 2004, the 30 industrials' average is under 10,000.), p C1, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Iraq - October 7th, 2008: "Fear keeps some Iraqi women off ballot / Putting names instead of just parties on the ballots has scared off would-be candidates concerned that they might be targeted." [Based on: Title  Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - U.S. Bailout Trivia / U.S.A. - October 7th, 2008: "$700 billion man is chosen [10/06/08] / Former rocket scientist and Goldman Sachs adviser Neel Kashkari will handle bailout." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Bombing / Khar, Pakistan - October 7th, 2008: "ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / At least 18 dead in attack [10/06/08] on politician's home [Rasheed Akbar Niwani]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Oil Prices Below $90 / U.S.A. - October 7th, 2008: "OIL / Prices fall below $90 [10/07/08]" [Based on: Title for Article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Imclone Acquisition / Eli Lilly - October 7th, 2008: "Bristol wins big in Lily's purchase / Billion-dollar payday for Bristol-Myers as Lily buys ImClone." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Tent City Trivia / Reno, Nevada - October 7th, 2008: "Mary Jackson sweeps out her tent Monday [10/06/08] in a tent city for the homeless in downtown Reno, Nev. Jackson works odd jobs and her husband, a veteran, works 18 hours per week, but they're unable to afford housing. The city of Reno set up the tent city after existing shelters became overcrowded. Nevada has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country." [Based on: Getty Images picture article (At home in Reno's tent city) by Max Whittaker, p A3, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Help Needed? / Afghan Drug War - October 7th, 2008: "BRUSSELS, BELGIUM / U.S. general [Gen. John Craddok] says [10/06/08] Afghans need help in drug war" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Meteorite yields building blocks of life - October 7th, 2008: [Based on: Science News article (Meteorite yields building blocks of life) Published: Dec. 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM)

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2010/12/21/Meteorite-yields-building-blocks-of-life/UPI-36281292976972/

*More Links: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=07&month=10&year=2008

2008 - Stake in Morgan Stanley / Japanese Bank ?- October 7th, 2008: "The Federal Reserve has granted approval [10/06/08] for Japan's largest bank [Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.] to purchase a stake in Morgan Stanley. [....]" [Based on: Article (MITSUBISHI FINANCIAL / FED OKs Morgan stake), p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit Drop / Bank of America - October 7th, 2008: "Bank of America Corp. on Monday [10/06/08] reported its third-quarter results earlier than planned, revealing a 68 percent profit drop and plans to boost capital by selling stock and halving its dividend. [....]" [Based on: Article (BANK OF AMERICA / capital rises; profit falls), p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Food Warning / Frozen Chicken Dinners, U.S.A. - October 7th, 2008: "The government issued a new warning Sunday [10/05/08] urging consumers to thoroughly microwave frozen chicken dinners after 32 people in 12 states were sickened." [Based on: News Services article (Food safety), p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Congressional Hearings / U.S. Financial Meltdown - October 7th, 2008: "As Lehman nose-dived, millions for fired execs / CEO [Richard S. Fuld Jr.] was grilled for more than two hours [10/06/08], but first hearing on financial meltdown reveals few surprises." [Based on: Title Subtitle for A.P. article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 10/07/08]

2008 - Economic Trivia - October 8th, 2008: "GLOBAL CREDIT CRISIS - FULL COVERAGE IN BUSINESS / IN U.S. - Dow sinks 508 after Fed action - Effort to free up credit market buoys stocks for only a few hours / IN EUROPE - EU chiefs fail to agree on a plan - Inability to come to accord puts European global economy at risk. / ON OUR MINDS - What will stop the stock slide? - Get the latest economic news at STLtoday.com/business. / AT THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE - ECONOMY IS ISSUE NO. 1 / McCain - he proposed that U.S. buy back bad mortgages, reset home values. / OBAMA - Called crisis the final verdict on 8 years of failed economic policies." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Front Page & New York Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 8th, 2008: "Stocks fell Tuesday [10/07/08], sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index below 1,000 for the first time since 2003, on speculation banks and real estate firms are running short of money. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall on fears that credit crisis will become worse), p C3, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Detainee Rights? / U.S.A. - October 8th, 2008: "Detainee rights violated, groups say / Documents detail treatment of three held in brigs in U.S." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Pamela Hiss, p A3, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Settlement / UBS Lawyer - October 8th, 2008: "The former chief lawyer for UBSs investment bank [David Aufhauser] has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle an allegation that he dumped his investments in auction-rate securities after getting a company e-mail warning that the market was in trouble, state officials said." [Based on: Article (UBS / Exec settles trading case), p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - U.S. Troop Status / Kosovo - October 8th, 2008: "OHRID, MACEDONIA / Gates pledges [10/07/08] to keep U.S. troops in Kosovo ['through late next year']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - U.S. Troop Immunity? / Iraq - October 8th, 2008: "[....] Iraqi officials say the draft calls for U.S. troops to leave the country by the end of 2011 unless the Baghdad government asks them to stay. [NP] But illegal immunity for U.S. soldiers under Iraqi law has emerged as the major obstacle, with neither side able to find language to satisfy the other. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Troop immunity is sticking point in Iraq), p A10, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Nobel Prize in Physics / 2008 - October 8th, 2008: "Two Japanese scientists [Makoto Kobayashi & Toshihide Maskawa] and an American [Yoichiro Nambu] won the 2008 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday [10/07/08] for theoretical advances that help explain the behavior of the smallest particles of matter. [....] An important example of broken symmetry arose immediately after the big bang, when just a tiny bit more matter than antimatter was created. Because these two kinds of particles annihilate each other when they meet, that excess of matter was responsible for seeding the visible parts of the universe. [NP] Nambu introduced his description of so-called spontaneous broken symmetry into particle physics in 1960. The Nobel citation said his theories now permeate the Standard Model of physics, which is the basic theory of how the universe operates. [NP] In 1972, Kobayashi and Maskawa explained why an earlier experiment had found that some subatomic particles called kaons failed to follow the rules of symmetry. Their explanation correctly predicted the existence of a new family of quarks, which are a kind of subatomic particle." [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. Nobel winner says he'd 'almost given up'), p A13, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Federal Budget Deficit / U.S.A. - October 8th, 2008: "The federal budget deficit hit a new record of $438 billion in the just-completed 2008 budget year under the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office." [Based on: News Services article (Budget deficit), p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Trivia / Pediatric Cold Medicines - October 8th, 2008: "[....] Besides recommending against cold medicines off drugstore and grocery shelves, the companies say not to give antihistamines to kids to help them sleep. The new instructions are on packages that started hitting stores this week." [Based on: News Services article (Kids under 4 shouldn't get cold medicine, makers say), p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - AIG Execs / Posh California Resort - October 8th, 2008: "After bailout ['less than a week after'], AIG execs went on $440,000 retreat" [Based on: News Services article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Release Order / 17 Gitmo Detainees - October 8th, 2008: "Gitmo detainees to be freed, sent to U.S. / Judge [Ricardo Urbina] orders [10/07/08] release ['by Friday'] of 17 ethnic Chinese [Muslims] seized in Afghanistan ['detained for almost seven years'] who are not enemy combatants." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

*Trivia: "A federal appeals court on Wednesday [10/08/08] temporarily blocked a judge's decision to immediately release into the U.S. 17 Chinese Muslims held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Appeals court blocks release of detainees), p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Political Violence / Bangkok, Thailand - October 8th, 2008: "Thai police battle protestors in Bangkok's streets [10/07/08] / Woman dies, hundreds are injured in violence over government's system; army is mobilized." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit Drop / Alcoa Inc. - October 8th, 2008: "ALCOA / Profit plunges 52%" [Based on: Article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Afghan Refugees / Pakistani War Zone - October 8th, 2008: "ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / 50,000 Afghan refugees are ordered to leave ['Bajur tribal region']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - FCC Investigation / Iraq War Analysis, Etc. - October 8th, 2008: "The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday [1007/08] said it is investigating whether five television networks and 19 former military officers violated government disclosure rules in providing on-air analysis of the war in Iraq and other issues. [NP] The FCC Enforcement Bureau is focusing on whether the networks and military veterans violated federal 'sponsorship identification' rules by failing to disclose the connections and potential conflicts of interest of the analysts being interviewed. [NP] Federal law prohibits anyone involved with preparing broadcast or cable programming from accepting anything of value without disclosing it to the public. It also requires broadcast and cable stations to determine when a disclosure is warranted. [NP] The FCC did not name the media companies. The federal probe follows a New York Times investigation published in April that detailed a secretive Defense Department public relations campaign to recruit former military officers to serve as TV analysts who would support the administration's views on the war in Iraq, conditions at Guantanamo Bay and other efforts to combat terrorism." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / FCC investigating Iraq war analysis by former officers), p A2, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

2008 - Update / August 22nd U.S. Attack, Western Afghanistan - October 8th, 2008: "Report ups Afghan civilian death toll in U.S. attack / At least 30 civilians were killed in airstrikes [08/22/08] that caused sharp tensions between nations." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 10/08/08]

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

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

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

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

*Trivia: "[....] The U.S. officials said a complete investigation into the incident [08/22/08] had found that only five civilians had been killed. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Airstrike in Afghanistan killed 5 civilians, not 90, U.S. asserts), p A7, S.L.P.D., 09/03/08]

2008 - Fed Loan / AIG - October 9th, 2008: "The Federal Reserve has agreed to provide insurance giant American International Group with a loan of up to $37.8 billion, on top of one made to the troubled company last month. [....]" [Based on: Wire Services article (AIG / Fed loan is $37.8 billion), p C2, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 9th, 2008: "Stocks fell for a sixth day Wednesday [10/08/08] after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said more banks may collapse and unprecedented global interest-rate cuts failed to convince investors the economy will avoid a recession. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks fall again as problems continue), p C3, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Pentagon vs. Whales? - October 9th, 2008: "Whales may simply have to pay the price as the Navy prepares for war, Supreme Court justices suggested Wednesday [10/08/08]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Navy may outweigh whales on Supreme Court's scales), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Ukraine - October 9th, 2008: "President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved Parliament on Wednesday [10/08/08] and called an early election, dashing hopes for the revival of a pro-Western coalition." [Based on: News Services article (Ukraine), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Election Law Passed / Iraq - October 9th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / Presidency council passes election law [10/08/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Federal Budget Deficit / U.S.A. - October 9th, 2008: "U.S. may take stakes in banks / FREEING CREDIT FLOW - Officials hope move would persuade financial firms to start lending again. / FEAR PERSISTS - Coordinated rate cut by Fed, 5 other central banks fails to rally markets. / SCRAMBLE FOR SOLUTIONS - Crisis has mutated into a global downturn that may be long, painful.)" [Based on: Title & Subtitles for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Taliban - October 9th, 2008: "Is it time to talk with the Taliban? / Gates, Petraeus suggest it may be part of long-term solution in Afghanistan." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Gregory Katz, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Treasury Securities Increase / U.S.A. - October 9th, 2008: "The Treasury Department, facing huge borrowing needs because of the government's $700 billion rescue prograsm, said Wednesday [10/08/08] it will increase the size of Treasury securities being sold to the public. [....]" [Based on: Wire Services article (TREASURY / More debt will be sold), p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Nuclear Deal Signed / U.S. & India - October 9th, 2008: "President George W. Bush on Wednesday [10/08/08] signed legislation that reverses three decades of U.S. policy and allows American businesses to enter India's multibillion-dollar nuclear market. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush signs nuclear deal with India), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Stem Cell Research / Men's Testicals - October 9th, 2008: "Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos, researchers reported Wednesday [10/08/08] in what may be yet another new approach in a burgeoning scientific field." [Based on: News Services article (Stem cells), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/09/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 10th, 2008: "Stocks plunged in the final hour of trading Thursday [10/09/08], sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 675 points to its lowest level in five years. [....]" [Based on: Wire Services article (STOCKS SKID CONTINUES ANOTHER DAY / FINAL HOUR SINKS MARKET / DOW PLUNGES 678, or 7 percent, sending the index to its lowest level in five years. / S&P 500 SINKS 7 percent also on anniversary of highest closing ever for Dow and S&P.), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Milk Scandal / China - October 10th, 2008: "BEIJING / Milk scandal 10,000 kids remain hospitalized [China]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Economic Trivia / U.S.A. - October 10th, 2008: "MARKET FREE FALL CONTINUES / 'Spiral of fear' drives stocks down again / GM FALLS TO 1950s LEVEL - SHARES PLUMMET $2.15, CLOSE AT $4.76. / Shares of General Motors Corp. dropped 31 percent Thursday [10/09/08] after a Standard & Poor's analyst questioned the automakers' cash position in 2009." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Trivia / World Currencies - October 10th, 2008: "[....] The 15-nation euro fell to $1.3661 in late New York trading from $1.3680 it bought late Wednesday [10/08/08]. The British pound slid to $1.7197 from $1.7292, while the dollar advanced to 100.48 Japanese yen from 100.31 yen." [Based on: Wire Services article (CURRENCIES / Dollar rises on turmoil), p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Drug Trade / Afghanistan - October 10th, 2008: "Afghanistan appealed Thursday [10/09/08] for more NATO help to attack heroin dealers whose thriving trade is blamed for bankrolling the widening insurgency against the pro-Western government." [Based on: News Services article (Drug plea), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - U.S. Missle Strike / Pakistan - October 10th, 2008: "DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan / U.S. missle strike [10/09/08] suspected in death of 9 [Pakistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Fatality / Shiite Politician, Iraq - October 10th, 2008: "Key Shiite politician [Saleh al-Auqaeili] killed in blast ['roadside bomb' - 10/09/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Trivia / Boeing Machinists Strike - October 10th, 2008: "Boeing, Machinists will resume talks / Workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas have walked out, but not ones at the St. Louis operation." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / The Balkans - October 10th, 2008: "PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO / 2 neighbors [Montenegro & Macedonia] recognize [10/09/08] Kosovo independence" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Wells Fargo Deal / Wachovia Corp. - October 10th, 2008: "Wells Fargo emerges on top [10/09/08] / $11.7 BILLION DEAL / San Francisco-based bank gets Wachovia, as Citigroup pulls out." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Hurricane Norbert / Baja California - October 10th, 2008: "On October 10, 2008, Hurricane Norbert retained a Category 2 hurricane status as it headed toward Baja California. The storm had maximum sustained winds speeds near 165 kilometers (105 miles) per hour, with higher gusts, and posed a threat to property and lives along Baja California’s west coast, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15101&src=map]

2008 - Nobel Prize in Literature / French Writer - October 10th, 2008: "French writer [Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio] wins Nobel Prize [10/09/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Human Papillomavirus Vaccine / Teen Girls, U.S.A. - October 10th, 2008: "ATLANTA / 25 pct. of teen girls [U.S.A.] have received cancer vaccine [Gardasil]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit Drop / Prudential Financial Inc. - October 10th, 2008: "PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL / Third-quarter profit falls" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 10/10/08]

2008 - Sunspot 1004 - October 11th, 2008: "Emerging sunspot 1004 is a member of new Solar Cycle 24. Credit: SOHO/MDI"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/11/08]

2008 - Sunspot 1005 - October 11th, 2008: "A new sunspot is emerging near the sun's northeastern limb. It's the biggest active region in months and appears to be a member of new Solar Cycle 24. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=11&month=10&year=2008

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 11th, 2008: "Stocks fell for an eighth straight day in a whipsaw session Friday [10/10/08] that sent the Dow Jones industrial average to its biggest point swing ever. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks slide for an eighth straight day), p. A30, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Settlement / Wachovia Corp. - October 11th, 2008: "Wachovia Corp., completing a previously announced settlement, will pay an estimated $163 million to settle federal allegations that it failed to stop telemarketers from taking advantage of thousands of elderly consumers. [....]" [Based on: Wire Services article (WACHOVIA / Settlement is $163 million), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Abuse of Power? / Sarah Palin - October 11th, 2008: "Alaska investigator finds Palin abused power ['... an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday.']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Depression-Era Tactic / U.S.A. - October 11th, 2008: "Depression-era tactic employed / Government will buy ownership stake in many banks in effort to thaw credit ['Treasury Secretary henry paulson said late Friday']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Same-Sex Marriage / Connecticut - October 11th, 2008: "HARTFORD, CONN. / OKs same-sex marriage [10/10/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A40, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Fatal Accident / Austrian Politician - October 11th, 2008: "VIENNA, AUSTRIA / Controversial politician [Joerg Haider (58)] dies in car accident [10/11/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Trivia / Wells Fargo/Wachovia Deal - October 11th, 2008: "Federal regulators on Friday [10/10/08] cleared Wells Fargo's $11.7 billion purchase of Wachovia Corp., capping a weeklong battle for the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank." [Based on: Wire Services article (WELLS FARGO/ WACHOVIA / Regulators clear deal), p. A34, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - 13-Month Low / Oil prices, U.S.A. - October 11th, 2008: "OIL / Prices hit 13-month low [below $78 a barrel (of crude) - 10/10/08]" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p .A34, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Profit Decline / General Electric Co. - October 11th, 2008: "GENERAL ELECTRIC / Profit falls once again ['for a third straight quarter']" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Virgin Island Region - October 11th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:40:16 (UTC) on Saturday, October 11th, 2008. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 19.282°N, 64.832°W; Depth 25.8 km (16.0 miles)] was located @ VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/prp0828504.php] - [T.D. - 10/14/08]

2008 - Voter Registration Efforts / ACORN, U.S.A. - October 11th, 2008: "GOP attacking ACORN's voter registration efforts" [Based on: Title for Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Close to Paralysis? / World Credit Markets - October 11th, 2008: "Governments around the world have slashed interest rates and ramped up their lending to unprecedented levels, but banks are still charging each other extremely high borrowing rates - a bad sign for the credit markets that remain close to paralysis. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Credit markets still not flowing) by Madlen Read, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - NATO Approved Attacks / Afghan Drug Trade - October 11th, 2008: "NATO approves attacks on Afghan drug trade ['NATO defense ministers agreed Friday']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Criminal Charges / Amazon Rainforest Destruction - October 11th, 2008: "Brazil is filing criminal charges against 81 people acused of being the biggest destroyers of the Amazon rainforest. [NP] Environment Minister carlos Minc says those convicted will be ordered to replant deforested areas and pay a collective $99 million in fines. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (BRASILIA, Brazil / 81 now face charges in rainforest destruction), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 10/11/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Stream - October 12th, 2008: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 10/12/08]

2008 - Starving People / Somalia - October 12th, 2008: "3 million in Somalia are starving in 'forgotten crisis' " [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/12/08]

2008 - "FEAR" in the Economy? - October 12th, 2008: "If there's one word you heard more than any other to describe the mood of the economy last week, it was: fear. [....]" [Based on: St. Louis Post-Dispatch article (FEAR. / Worrying about the economy is making things worse. / 'When fear is moderately high, it's a good time to buy. But when it's really, really high, it's bad news.' [Dr. Richard Peterson, psychiatrist, co-creator of 'The Fear Index'] / 'Were not really in a situation where the only thing to fear is fear itself. There are real problems out there.' [Anne Vallimil, University of Illinois economics professor]) by Tim Logan, p A1 & A8, 10/12/08]

*Trivia: " 'We're in this together,' Bush tells world officials [G7 finance ministers, etc. - 10/11/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/12/08]

2008 - More Pirates / Near Somalia - October 12th, 2008: "MOGADISHU, SOMALIA / Pirates hijack another ship near Somalia [Gulf of Aden - 10/11/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 10/12/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Latin America - October 12th, 2008: "U.S. influence is declining in Latin America / Russia and China are among the countries moving in as trade partners in the region." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/12/08]

2008 - Trivia / U.S. Missle Strikes, Pakistan - October 12th, 2008: "[....] The United States is suspected in at least 11 missle strikes on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border since mid-August [2008], killing more than 100 people." [Based on: News Services article (DERA ISMAIL KHAN, PAKISTAN / U.S. suspected in missle strike [10/11/08] on border town), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 10/12/08]

2008 - Christian Displacement / Mosul, Iraq - October 12th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / Christians flee [in the past week and months] from extremist attacks [Mosul, Iraq]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 10/12/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Chuquisaca, Bolivia - October 12th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:55:42 (UTC) on Sunday, October 12th, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 20.060°S, 64.940°W; Depth 356.3 km (221.4 miles) set by location program] was located @ CHUQUISACA, BOLIVIA." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008ybca.php] - [T.D. - 10/14/08]

2008 - Off U.S. Terrorist Blacklist / North Korea - October 12th, 2008: "N. Korea is off U.S. terrorist blacklist [10/11/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Matthew Lee, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/12/08]

2008 - Cancer Link? / HPV - October 13th, 2008: "[....] Nussenbaum [Dr. Brian Nussenbaum], an ear nose throat doctor at Washington University [St. Louis, Mo.], estimates that 70 percent of his cancer patients have tumors on the back of their tongues and tonsils caused by human papillomavirus-16. Most of those patients are between ages 45 and 55. About half are women. [NP] And experts suspect that all of them - men and women - get the HPV from oral sex. [NP] 'We know now that 98 percent of cervical cancer is caused by HPV, and mostly HPV-16,' says Nussenbaum. 'But no one talks about how you can also get mouth cancer from it.' [....]" [Based on: Article (HPV linked to spike in cancers of the mouth / Experts say increase in men and women is related to oral sex.), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/13/08]

2008 - More Fatal Bombings / Iraq - October 13th, 2008: "Suicide car bombers struck twice Sunday [10/13/08] in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least six people and wounding dozens, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. A car bomb killed seven people in Baghdad." [Based on: News Services article (BAGHDAD / Bombings take lives in capital and Mosul), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/13/08]

2008 - Wildfires / Los Angeles, California - October 13th, 2008: "Driven by powerful Santa Ana winds, wildfires raged near Los Angeles, California, in mid-September 2008. Not only did the winds fan the fires’ flames, they also sent the smoke far out to sea. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15103&src=map]

2008 - Problems? / Chemical Additives in Textiles - October 13th, 2008: "More than an itch: Chemical additives [flame retardants, formaldehyde ('an agent used in the permanent press process'), dimethyl fumarate, etc.] in textiles can create serious problems" [Based on: Title for Philadelphia Inquirer article by Tom Avril, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/13/08]

2008 - Trivia / Global Banking System - October 14th, 2008: "Bold moves send stocks soaring [10/13/08] / MARKET REACTION - Dow closes up 936 points on news of dramatic government economic relief efforts in the U.S. and overseas. / BANK STOCKS PLAN - Perhaps as much as $250 billion of $700 billion bailout will go to buy stock in banks; details are to be announced today. / FDIC SHIFT - Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will temporarily provide insurance for loans between banks to boost bank-to-bank lending." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for News Services article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/14/08]

2008 - Nobel Prize in Economics / Paul Krugman - October 14th, 2008: "Columnist [Paul Krugman] wins Nobel [10/13/08] for trade theory" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/14/08]

2008 - Hurricane Omar - October 15th, 2008: "By mid-October 2008, when Caribbean Islands such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba had already been battered by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, even more destruction appeared headed their way. By afternoon of October 15, 2008, Hurricane Omar seemed poised to strike. Classified as a Category 1 hurricane at that time, the storm was strengthening at it moved toward the northeast. A hurricane watch was in effect for Puerto Rico, and a hurricane warning had been issued for the Virgin Islands and the northern Leeward Islands. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15106&src=map]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 15th, 2008: "Stocks fell Tuesday [10/14/08], a day after the market's biggest rally since the 1930s, as a worsening outlook for earnings forced investors to look beyond a $2 trillion global push to rescue banks. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Earnings concerns reverse the return of market shares), p. A30, S.L.P.D., 10/15/08]

2008 - Budget Deficit / U.S.A. - October 15th, 2008: "[....] President George W. Bush's administration said Tuesday [10/14/08] the deficit for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 was more than double the $161.5 billion recorded in 2007. [NP] It surpassed the previous record of $413 billion set in 2004. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. budget deficit is record $454.8 billion), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Canada - October 15th, 2008: "Harper's [Stephen Harper] Conservatives win election ['at least 142 of Parliament's 308 seats'] in Canada [10/14/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Defense Spending / U.S.A. - October 15th, 2008: "Bush signs $612 billion defense spending bill ['for the 2009 budget year']" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

*Trivia: "Boom times may be over in defense industry / BAILOUT of economy could curb defense spending. / GROWING COSTS for Pentagon bring uncertainty. [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p. B1, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Milk Scandal Trivia / China - October 15th, 2008: "China issues sweeping milk recall / Four babies have died and tens of thousands of kids have fallen ill." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - InBev / Anheuser-Busch Trivia - - October 15th, 2008: "InBev halts stock offer / 'UNPRECEDENTED VOLATILITY' in global capital markets postpones announced $9.8 billion rights offering. / BELGIAN BREWER SAYS THIS will not affect its $70-a-share buyout of Anheuser-Busch by the end of the year." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for article, p. B1, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Gasoline Price Decline / U.S.A. - October 15th, 2008: "RETAIL GASOLINE / Price falls 33.3 cents" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. B2, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Vaccine-Resistent Strep Bacteria - October 15th, 2008: "Germ that strikes kids ['a strain of strep bacteria'] is resistent to vaccine [Prevnar]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/15/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Lebanon & Syria - October 15th, 2008: "Lebanon, Syria set up formal ties [10/14/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Work Stoppage Trivia / Boeing Plants - October 15th, 2008: "Boeing plants idle ['into a sixth week'] after talks fail [again - 10/13/08] / Work stoppage is costing plane maker $100 million a day in lost revenue." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p. B4, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Shutdown / Large Spam E-Mail Operation - October 15th, 2008: "Federal authorities in Chicago say they've shut down one of the largest spam e-mail operations in the world." [Based on: News Services article (Spam shutdown), p A3, S.L.P.D., 10/15/08]

2008 - "Foreign Fighters" / Afghan Insurgency - October 15th, 2008: "KABUL, AFGHANISTAN / 'Foreign fighters' join Afghan insurgency" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A8, S.L.P.D.,10/15/08]

2008 - Effective Against Cancer Cells? / Chinese Herb - October 15th, 2008: "Chinese herb ['artemisinin, or sweet wormwood'] found to attack cancer cells" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A2, S.L.P.D., 10/15/08]

2008 - Jackson Denial? - October 16th, 2008: "Jessee Jackson denied telling New York Post columnist Amir Taheri that America's 'decades of putting Israel's interests first' would end if Barack Obama is elected." [Based on: News Services article (Jackson denial), p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Wall Street Crisis? - October 16th, 2008: "CRISIS ON WALL STREET / Recession reality sinks in; stocks slide / HOW LONG? - Economy likely to shrink this quarter and next, at least. / HOW DEEP? / Experts see worse ahead than what came after 9/11." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article by Tim Paradis, p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Voter Trivia / U.S.A. - October 16th, 2008: "Comedian Sarah Silverman's humorous, profanity-strewn plea for young Jews to persuade their grandparents to vote for Barack Obama is an Internet sensation. [NP] The project called 'The Great Schlep' - the Yiddish word means to move with effort or drag oneself - was launched over the weekend. A video challenges viewers to visit their grandparents and ensure they do as most Jews long have - vote Democratic." [Based on: People article (Sarah Silverman calls for 'Great Schlep'), p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 16th, 2008: "Stocks plunged the most since the crash of 1987 on Wednesday [10/15/08], hammered by the biggest drop in retail sales in three years and growing doubt that plans to bail out banks will keep the slump from deepening. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (STOCK MARKET / Shares plunge most since 1987 crash / Retail sales - Commerce Department says sales take biggest hit in 3 years. / Energy companies - Shares retreat as crude falls below $75 a barrel.), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 10/16/08]

2008 - Waterboarding Trivia / U.S.A. - October 16th, 2008: "Bond [Sen. Christopher 'Kit' Bond, R-Mo.] brushes off tale of waterboarding OK / TWO MEMOS? - White House gave CIA approval, Washington Post ['article published 10/15/08] says. / DATA WITHELD? - Senate Intelligence Committee chairman protests." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Waterways Pollution? / U.S.A. - October 16th, 2008: "The Environmental Protection Agency is failing to stem the pollution washing into waterways from cities and suburbs, the National Academy of Sciences reported Wednesday [10/15/08]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (EPA needs new laws on runoff, group says) by Dina Cappiello, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Thrown Out / Lawsuit Against God - October 16th, 2008: "A judge has thrown out a Nebraska legislator's lawsuit against God, saying the Almighty wasn't properly served due to his unlisted home address. [NP] State Sen. Ernie Chambers said he filed the lawsuit to make the point that everyone should have access to the courts regardless of whether they are rich or poor. The lawsuit accused God of making terroristic threats." [Based on: News Services article (LINCOLN, NEB. / Lawsuit against God didn't have a prayer), p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Final Presidential Debate / U.S.A. - October 16th, 2008: "FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE [10/15/08] / IN CLOSE QUARTERS, THE PUNCHES FLY / PLAN OF ATTACK - McCain comes out swinging over Ayers, ads, ACORN. / DODGING THE BLOWS - Obama says economy, ties to Bush are real issues." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Washington Mutual Investigation - October 16th, 2008: "Federal authorities are investigating events that caused Washington Mutual Inc. to be seized by government regulators and sold to JPMorgan Chase & Co. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (WASHINGTON MUTUAL / Authorities investigate), p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Reported Death / Key Al-Qaida Figure - October 16th, 2008: "BAGHDAD / U.S. reports [10/15/08] death [10/05/08] of key ['alleged No. 2 leader'] al-Qaida in Iraq figure [Abu Qaswarah]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Profit Decline / AMR Corp. & Delta Air Lines - October 16th, 2008: "Third-quarter profit at American Airlines parent AMR Corp. plunged 74 percent and Delta Air Lines Inc. posted a loss as fare increases and new fees weren't enough to counter jetfuel costs." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (AMR dives 74%; Delta posts loss), p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Chiapas, Mexico - October 16th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:41:26 (UTC) on Thursday, October 16th, 2008. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 14.443°N, 92.423°W; Depth 24 km (14.9 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008yfbk.php] - [T.D. - 10/18/08]

2008 - HIV Tests / Normandy High School, St. Louis, Mo. - October 16th, 2008: "NORMANDY HIGH SCHOOL [St. Louis, Mo.] / Students will get HIV tests / 'SEVERAL' EXPOSED? - Routine inquiry after diagnosis last week led to the school. / SPECULATION, FEAR - 'Everybody is looking at everyone saying, "Is it you?" ' parent says." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Heart Treatment / Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S.A. - October 16th, 2008: "Cheney is treated for irregular heartbeat [10/15/08] / 'WENT SMOOTHLY' / No complications are reported in outpatient procedure, spokeswoman says" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/16/08]

2008 - Peabody Profit - October 17th, 2008: "Peabody [Peabody Energy Corp.] sales, profit soar [shares jumped 18 percent - 10/16/08]" [Based on: Title for Article , p. B2, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Joe the Plumber? - October 17th, 2008: "[....] Turns out that the man who was held up by John McCain as the typical, hard-working American taxpayer [Samuel J. Wurzelbacher] isn't really a licensed plumber. And court documents show he owes nearly $1,200 in back taxes. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (HOLLAND, OHIO / Joe the plumber's story doesn't check out), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Fading Sunspots - October 17th, 2008: "Tiny fading sunspots 1005 and 1006 are both members of Solar Cycle 24. Credit: SOHO/MDI" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=17&month=10&year=2008]

2008 - Shiite Split? / Iraq - October 17th, 2008: "A looming split between the two Shiite parties that dominate Iraq's government threatens efforts to win parliamentary approval for a security pact with the United States and could set the stage for a major struggle for power in the oil-rich Shiite southern heartland. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Shiite split threatens security), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 17th, 2008: "Stocks rose for the first time in three days Thursday [10/16/08] as oil's retreat below $70 a barrel sparked a rally in consumer companies and prospects of a government bailout of bond insurers reversed a slide in financial shares. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rise on falling oil, bond plan / STOCKPILES - U.S. says supply is more than twice as much as forecast. / BAILOUT - 2nd-biggest guarantor will present plan to government.), p. B1, S.L.P.D., 10/17/08]

2008 - Pirate Attacks / Somalia - October 17th, 2008: "Pirates threaten key global sea route / patrols by U.S. and other foreign warships haven't stopped attacks off Somalia." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Broken Silence / Vicky Iseman - October 17th, 2008: "A lobbyist has broken months of silence to deny the main subtext of a New York Times story in February - that she was romantically involved with John McCain. [NP] 'I never had an affair or an inappropriate relationship with Senator McCain,' Vicky Iseman told the National Journal magazine." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Lobbyist denies she had an affair with McCain), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Package Bomb / St. Louis, Mo. - October 17th, 2008: "[....] Murphy [Steve Murphy] was the first to provide aid to John Gillis, 69, who was bloodied and burned by the blast [10/15/08?] but is expected by authorities to survive. [NP] It was a bomb, investigators quickly determined, but the target was not clear. Officials say it was in a package left beside Gillis' car in his assigned spot, and went off when he picked it up. He lives in the upscale office-condominium complex along Carondelet Plaza [Clayton, Mo.], just off Hanley road. [....] by coincidence, the special agent in charge of the FBI at St. Louis is named John Gillies. [....] For those old enough to remember, the incident brought to mind the July 24, 1970, pipe bomb that killed business executive Phillip J. Lucier, 49, as he started his car outside the Pierre Laclede Center, 7701 Forsyth Boulevard. That was about a block from Thursday's blast. No motive was ever determined, and that crime remains unsolved. [....]" [Based on: Article ('WE DON"T KNOW WHO SET IT THERE OR WHY' / Bomb blast empties buildings in Clayton), pp. A1 & A5, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

*Trivia: "Bomber used ballons to help hide his face / Surveillance video [10/15/08] shows figure bringing in package that exploded." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/18/08]

*Trivia: "[....] Mistaken identity had been assumed since nearly the start of the three-year investigation, when Olsen [Milton 'Skip' Olsen III] was namesd as a person of interest in the Oct. 15, 2008, bombing that seriously injured lawyer John L. Gillis. [....]" [Based on: Article (Clayton bombing suspect charged / Attempt to kill wife's attorney in parking garage injured wrong man, indictment says.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 07/08/11]

2008 - Record Bank Borrowing / U.S.A. - October 17th, 2008: "[....] The Fed report, released Thursday [10/16/08], showed commercial banks averaged a record $99.7 billion in daily borrowing over the last week. On Wednesday [10/15/08] alone, $101.9 billion was drawn, an all-time high. [NP] For the week ending Wednesday, investment firms drew $131.1 billion. That was down a bit from $134 billion in the previous week. The Fed report also showed that over the last week $129.6 billion worth of loans were made to money market mutual funds - via banks - to help the funds, which have been under pressure as skittish investors demand withdrawals." [Based on: Article (FEDERAL RESERVE / Bank borrowing record), p. B2, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Minority Hires / St. Louis Law Firms - October 17th, 2008: "St. Louis law firms lag nation's on hiring minority workers" [Based on: Title for Article by Gail Appleson, p. B1, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - New Air Quality Standard / U.S.A. - October 17th, 2008: "[....] The new standard [adopted by EPA 10/16/08] is 10 times more stringent than the old standard for lead, a toxic metal known to impair neurological development in children. [....] The new standard of 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter of air represents the first time the agency has revised airborne levels of lead since 1978, when the metal was phased out of gasoline. [....]" [Based on: Article (EPA imposes strict new limits on lead / Lawsuit by Herculaneum couple sparked action.), p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - President Ilham Aliyev / Azerbaijan - October 17th, 2008: "Ilham Aliyev, the president of oil-rich Azerbaijan, won re-election by a landslide in a vote boycotted by opposition parties, and monitors said Thursday [10/16/08] the ballot failed to meet international standards." [Based on: News Services article (Disputed election), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Police Officer Attack / Afghanistan - October 17th, 2008: "KABUL, AFGHANISTAN / Police officer's attack [10/16/08] kills U.S. soldier [eastern Afghanistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Neuroscience Research on Monkeys - October 17th, 2008: "Monkeys taught to play a computer game were able to overcome wrist paralysis with an experimental device that might lead to new treatments for patients with stroke and spinal cord injury. [NP] Remarkably, the monkeys regained use of paralyzed muscles by learning to control the activity of just a single brain cell, according to a study by the University of Seattle that were published online by the journal Nature." [Based on: News Services article (NEW YORK / Test with monkeyes may help paralyzed), p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Lax Security? / U.S. Biodefense Labatories - October 17th, 2008: "Lax security is alleged at labs that study deadly germs" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit / Build-A-Bear Workshop - October 17th, 2008: "Declining sales kick stuffing out of Build-A-Bear [third-quarter loss]" [Based on: Title for article , p. B2, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - U.S. Missle Strike / South Waziristan, Pakistan - October 17th, 2008: "ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN / Missle strike [South Waziristan - 10/16/08] kills suspected [purported] militant" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Flu & Pneumonia Shot Requirement / Pre-Schools & Day-Care Centers, New Jersey - October 17th, 2008: "As flu season approaches, many parents in New Jersey are furious over a first-in-the-nation requirement that children get a flu shot in order to attend pre-schools and day-care centers. The decision should be the parents', not the state's, they contend. [....] New Jersey's policy was approved last December by the state's Public Health Council and is taking effect this fall. Children from 6 months to 5 years old who attend a childcare center or preschool have until Dec. 31 to receive the flu vaccine, along with a pneumococcal vaccine. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (New Jersey parents battle flu law), p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/17/08]

2008 - Solar Prominence - October 18th, 2008: "Readers, if you have a solar telescope, train it on the sun. A prominence is surging over the sun's northeastern limb and "it's a monster," reports Pete Lawrence. [....] 'It's so big that I couldn't fit it all in one frame - a stunning arch of plasma that now appears to be reaching back towards the surface at the other end,' he says."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/18/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 18th, 2008: "Stocks fell Friday [10/17/08], capping a day that sent the Standard & Poor's 500 index swinging between gains and losses at least 28 times, as worsening consumer confidence and housing data overshadowed Warren Buffet's advice to buy shares. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Warren's words fail to calm manic market), p. A33, S.L.P.D., 10/18/08]

2008 - Melamine / Chinese Sweets & Medicine? - October 18th, 2008: "PANAMA CITY, PANAMA / Chinese sweets [Panama] prove positive for melamine ['Dozens of Panamanians died last year after taking tainted, Chinese-made medicine.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, S.L.P.D.,10/18/08]

2008 - Executives Subpoenaed / Lehman Brothers Holdings - October 18th, 2008: "LEHMAN BROTHERS / Executives subpoenaed ['at least 12 people']" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. A32, S.L.P.D.,10/18/08]

2008 - Sentenced / Former CFO, Engineered Support Systems - October 18th, 2008: "Stock backdating scheme results in prison term [Gary C. Gerhardt - sentenced (10/17/08) to serve 15 months behind bars]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A7, S.L.P.D.,10/18/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - October 19th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:10:32 (UTC) on Sunday, October 19th, 2008. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 21.857°S, 173.824°W; Depth 21.8 km (13.5 miles)] was located @ TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008yiap.php] - [T.D. - 10/20/08]

2008 - Al-Qaida Death? / Khalid Habib - October 19th, 2008: "A missle attack from a remotely pioleted American aircraft is believed to have killed Khalid Habib, an Egyptian who was chief of operations for al-Qaida in Pakistan's tribal region and is described by the CIA as the fourth-ranking person in the al-Qaida hierarchy." [Based on: News Services article (Al-Qaida death), p. A12, S.L.P.D.,10/19/08]

2008 - NASA Launch / IBEX Spacecraft - October 19th, 2008: "Far beyond Pluto, the solar wind crashes into the gaseous interstellar medium, forming a boundary that marks the edge of the solar system. On Sunday, Oct. 19th, NASA launched a spacecraft named IBEX, which is able to monitor events at that distant boundary. The mission comes at a crucial time: the solar wind is losing pressure and, as a result, the interstellar boundary is moving toward us. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - T.D. - 10/20/08]

2008 - BPA Declared Toxic Substance / Canada - October 19th, 2008: "Canada said it was declaring a controversial chemical widely used in food packaging a toxic substance, allowing it to carry out a promised ban on plastic baby bottles made with bisphenol A. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (TOTONTO / Chemical BPA is ruled a toxic substance), p. A12, S.L.P.D.,10/19/08]

2008 - Obama Endorsement / Colin Powell - October 20th, 2008: "Colin Powell endorses Obama for president [10/19/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D.,10/20/08]

2008 - Taliban Behead Passengers / Southern Afghanistan - October 20th, 2008: "KABUL AFGHANISTAN / Taliban behead passengers ['as many as 30'] from bus ['Afghan officials denied that the passengers were soldiers.'], officials say [10/19/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D.,10/20/08]

2008 - Moderate  Earthquake / Minahasa Sulawesi, Indonesia - October 20th, 2008: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 04:54:21 (UTC) on Monday, October 20th, 2008. The magnitude 5.9 event [Location: 0.113°N, 120.640°E; Depth 117.4 km (73.0 miles)] was located @ MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008yjaj.php] - [T.D. - 10/24/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 21st, 2008: "A rising wave of optimism lifted Wall Street Monday [10/20/08], propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 400 points on more signs of a reviving credit market and supprt from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for further steps to aid the economy. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Optimism pushes Dow up 413 / POSITIVE SIGNS - Improvement in lending rates, less demand for T-bills. / UPBEAT EARNINGS - Oilfield services provider Halliburton topped estimates.), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 10/21/08]

2008 - Tainted Feed / China - October 21st, 2008: "BEIJING / 1,500 dogs ['bred for their racoon-like fur'] die after eating tainted [with melamine] feed ['a vaterinarian said Monday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D.,10/21/08]

2008 - Solid Growth / LaBarge Inc. - October 21st, 2008: "LaBarge Inc. said Monday [10/20/08] that it expects to report solid growth for the three months ended Sept 28. [....]" [Based on: Article (LABARGE / Solid growth in quarter), p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/21/08]

2008 - Orionid Meteor Showers - October 21st, 2008: "[....] The beautiful flurry commenced on Oct 21st when Earth passed through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet. Meteors flew out of the constellation Orion in numbers exceeding 40 per hour - about twice the usual rate. This is the third year in a row the Orionids have surged in this fashion, suggesting a trend. 'I'm sure that meteor enthusiasts around the world are looking forward to next year's display,' says Martin. Mark your calendar: Oct. 21, 2009."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=25&month=10&year=2008]

2008 - Trivia / World Unemployment - October 21st, 2008: "The global financial crisis will raise world unemployment to 210 million people by the end of next year, its highest rate in the past decade, the U.N. labor agency said Monday [10/20/08]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Financial meltdown's human toll: 20 million more will be jobless, U.N. says / Global leaders are urged to focus on impact on people rather than just financial institutions.), p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/21/08]

2008 - Needs Stimulants? / U.S. Economy - October 21st, 2008: "Momentum is building for a fresh dose of economic stimulants to boost the country out of the doldrums - perhaps by putting more money in Americans' pockets. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Economy needs 2nd jolt, many now agree / Bush opens door to another stimulus package that could include rebates after fed chairman issues call for action.), p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/21/08]

2008 - Back Gay Marriage Ban? / Sarah Palin - October 21st, 2008: "NEW YORK / Palin backs amendment to ban gay marriage" [Based on: Title for article, p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/21/08]

2008 - Naval Base Planned / Margarita Island, Venezuela - October 21st, 2008: "CARACAS, VENEZUELA / Chavez plans naval base for Margarita Island" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D.,10/21/08]

2008 - FDA Approval / Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - October 21st, 2008: "The government [U.S.A.] has approved the first noninvasive brain stimulator to treat depression - a device that beams magnetic pulses through the skull. [....] Called transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS, this gentler approach isn't for everyone. The Food and Drug Administration approved Neuronetics Inc.'s NeuroStar therapy specifically for patients who had no relief from their first antidepressant, offering them a different option than trying pill after pill. [NP] 'We're opning up a whole new area of medicine,' says Dr. Mark George of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, who helped pioneer use of TMS in depression. [NP] While there's a big need for innovative approaches - at least one in five depression patients is treatment-resistant - the question is just how much benefit TMS offers. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Magnetic therapy approved for depression) by Lauran Neergaard, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/21/08]

2008 - Debt Trivia / Peru - October 22nd, 2008: "U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley and Peru's foreign minister have signed an accord in Lima forgiving $25 million of Peru's foreign debt and directing the money to a tropical forest conversation program." [Based on: News Services article (Peru's debt), p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Fed Loans / U.S.A. - October 22nd, 2008: "Fed will provide loans for funds / Central bank offers to lend up to $540 billion to ease pressure on money-market funds." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. C1, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 22nd, 2008: "Stocks slid Tuesday [10/21/08] as companies from Texas Instruments Inc. to Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. reported profit and revenue that failed to meet estimates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Texas Instruments, Sun lead market slide), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 10/22/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - October 22nd, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:55:57 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 18.418°S, 175.356°W; Depth 233.4 km (145.0 miles) set by location program] was located @ TONGA." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008ylau.php] - [T.D. - 10/24/08]

2008 - Eckankar Spiritual New Year - October 22nd, 2008: The Year of Thanksgiving.

2008 - "Moon Craft" Launch / India - October 22nd, 2008: "NEW DELHI / India launches ['early this morning'] craft [Chandrayaan-1(which means 'Moon Craft')] to map moon's surface" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Dismissed / Britney Spears Case - October 22nd, 2008: "Criminal case ['driving-without-a-license'] dismissed [mistrial declared - 10/21/08] against Britney Spears" [Based on: Title for people article, p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Friendly Fire? / Eastern Afghanistan - October 22nd, 2008: "KABUL, AFGHANISTAN / 8 Afghan troops reportedly killed by coalition airstrike [Sayed Kheil area - today]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Senate Subpoena / U.S. Attorney General - October 22nd, 2008: "Senate Democrats on Tuesday [10/21/08] subpoenaed Attorney General Michael Muskasey for testimony and documents about the Justice Department's legal advice to the White House on detention and interrogation policies since the 9/11 terrorist attacks." [Based on: News Services article (Senate subpoena), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Five Dismissed / Guantanamo Detainees - October 22nd, 2008: "Charges dismissed against five Guantanamo detainees [10/21/08]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit / McClatchy Newspapers Co. - October 22nd, 2008: "McCLATCHY / Publisher swings a profit" [Based on: Title for Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

2008 - Harmless Powder in Letters / Chase Banks, U.S.A. - October 22nd, 2008: "WASHINGTON / Chase banks in 9 cities get powder ['harmless calcium'] in letters  ['more than 30' - 'authorities said Tuesday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/22/08]

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

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200810.html]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 23rd, 2008: "Stocks sank Wednesday [10/22/08] and the Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped to the lowest level since April 2003. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (S&P 500 drops to its lowest level since '03), p. B4, S.L.P.D., 10/23/08]

2008 - Economic News / U.S.A. - October 23rd, 2008: "STOCK MARKET / Gloomy news stokes sell-off / WIDESPREAD WOES - Earnings dip across sectors - National City, Yahoo, Merck. / JOB LOSSES ARE KEY / Consumer spending makes up two-thirds of the economy." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/23/08]

2008 - Hybrid Cell Research / Britain - October 23rd, 2008: "British plans to allow scientists to use hybrid animal-human embryos for stem cell research won final approval from lawmakers Wednesday [10/22/08] in a sweeping overhaul of sensitive science laws. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (LONDON / British lawmakers OK hybrid cell research), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/23/08]

2008 - Tropical Cyclone / Gulf of Aden - October 23rd, 2008: "The third tropical cyclone of the season in the northern Indian Ocean brought rare rains to the desert regions of Yemen and Oman in the third week of October 2008 after the storm hooked around the Horn of Africa and entered the Gulf of Aden. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15112&src=map]

2008 - Missle Arsenals Upgrade / Russia - October 23rd, 2008: "Russia's efforts to upgrade its missle arsenals will help counter the planned U.S. missle defense sites in Europe, a top general said Wednesday [10/22/08]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (MOSCOW / Russia will upgrade missles, general says), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/23/08]

2008 - Foreclosures Trivia / St. Louis, Mo. - October 23rd, 2008: "Foreclosure rate is still climbing in St. Louis / THE RATE IS SLOWING - But the problem isn't going away. / 6,500 HOMES TOUCHED - It's one of every 188 in the area." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for article by Tim Logan, p. B1, S.L.P.D.,10/23/08]

2008 - Payments Frozen / Former AIG Executives - October 23rd, 2008: "AIG freezes payments to former executives" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D.,10/23/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Admiralty Islands Region, Papua New Guinea - October 23rd, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:04:36 (UTC) on Thurssday, October 23rd, 2008. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 2.611°S, 145.640°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ ADMIRALTY ISLANDS REG., PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008ymbe.php] - [T.D. - 10/24/08]

2008 - Gold Prices - October 24th, 2008: "COMMODITIES / Gold sinks [10/23/08] below $700 [$695.20]" [Based on: Title for article, p. B3, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Placebo Use / U.S.A. - October 24th, 2008: "Placebos are regularly used by 50 percent of doctors [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 24th, 2008: "Stocks rose Thursday [10/23/08] for the first time in three days as a rebound in oil from a 16-month low bolstered speculation that the global economic slump won't worsen. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks move up for first time in 3 days), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 10/24/08]

2008 - Education Trivia / U.S.A. - October 24th, 2008: "[....] The United States is now the only industrialized country where young people are less likely than their parents to earn a diploma, the Education Trust's report said, citing data compiled by the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / U.S. graduation rates suffering, study says), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Missle Strike / Pakistan - October 24th, 2008: "Suspected U.S. missles struck a religious school linked to the Taliban on Thursday [10/23/08], killing nine people in the lawless border region [North Waziristan] where al-Qaida and its Taliban allies are believed to plot attacks on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan. [....] No students were believed to be at the school at the time. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Missles kill nine at school in Pakistan), p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Suicide Bomber / Babil, Iraq - October 24th, 2008: "Iraq's labor minister escaped assassination Thursday [10/23/08] when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden SUV into his convoy, killing at least nine people in one of the safest areas of the capital. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (BAGHDAD / Blast kills 9, but misses Iraqi Cabinet member), p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Shocked? / Alan Greenspan - October 24th, 2008: "Greenspan admits economic mistakes [10/23/08] / Credit crisis has left him 'shocked' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Job Cuts / Goldman Sachs Inc. - October 24th, 2008: "GOLDMAN SACHS / 10% of work force ['about 3,260 jobs'] axed" [Based on: Title for article, p. B3, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Earnings / Raytheon Co. - October 24th, 2008: "RAYTHEON / Earnings rise 42 percent" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. B8, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit Drop / UPS Inc. - October 24th, 2008: "UPS / Profit falls 10 percent" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. B8, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Term Limits Amendment? / New York - October 24th, 2008: "Arguing that New York needs his financial skill to guide it through the crisis on Wall Street, Mayor Michael Bloomberg persuaded the City Council to amend the term-limits law Thursday [10/23/08] so that he could run next year for his third term." [Based on: News Services article (New York mayor), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit Drop / Altria Group - October 24th, 2008: "ALTRIA GROUP / Profit falls 67 percent" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. B8, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Recession Territory / Unemployment Claims, U.S.A. - October 24th, 2008: "Unemployment claims [U.S.A.], already well into recession territory, are rising even faster than expected, leading economists to warn Thursday [10/23/08] that the worst is yet to come. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Unemployment claims rise faster than expected), p. A7, S.L.P.D.,10/24/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 25th, 2008: "Stocks dropped Friday [10/24/08] and the benchmark index for global equities slid to a five-year low as concern grew that the credit crisis has infected the broader economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks slide but escape global rout), p. A30, S.L.P.D., 10/25/08]

2008 - Cracks Found / F/A-18s - October 25th, 2008: "Cracks found in F/A-18s ['fatigue cracks' in more than a dozen] / Navy [U.S.A.] orders inspection [10/23/08] of more than 600 of the Boeing Hornet fighters" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - Planned Cuts / Chrysler LLC - October 25th, 2008: "Chrysler cuts [said Friday it will cut] 25 percent of salaried workers ['starting next month']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A34, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - Planned Cuts / Ingersoll-Rand Co. - October 25th, 2008: "Ingersoll-Rand will close plants, cut jobs ['several thousand']" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A33, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - Dietary Information Trivia / U.S.A. - October 25th, 2008: "New food labels to carry calories per serving on front of package [likely starting next year]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - New Air Force Command / U.S.A. - October 25th, 2008: "WASHINGTON / New Air Force command [Global Strike Command] oversees nuclear arsenal" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit Drop / Gannett Co. - October 25th, 2008: "GANNETT [the nation's (U.S.A.) largest newspaper publisher] / Profit falls 32 percent" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A34, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - Spray-Paint Vandals Target U.S. Politicians - October 25th, 2008: "Damage discovered Friday morning [10/24/08] at the St. Louis home of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, was similar to vandalism carried out earlier this week against six lawmakers in Minnesota. [NP] Cars belonging to the family of Cranahan, a Democrat, were vandalized overnight Thursday outside his home in the 3100 block of Allen Avenue. [NP] Vandals spray-painted the cars and walkways near the house with phrases 'Bailout for China is treason' and 'traitor,' with arrows painted on the front walk pointing to the house. [....] In Minnesota, similar messages were spray-painted on the homes and garages of Sens. Norman Coleman and Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Jim Ramstad, John Kline, Keith Ellison and Michele Bachmann late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Klobuchar and Ellison are Democrats, and the other four are Republicans. [NP] Some of that graffiti included references to 'Psalm 2' and the word 'traitor.' The Bible's Psalm 2 warns 'kings of the earth' against incurring God's wrath." [Based on: Staff Reports article with A.P. contributions (Spray-paint vandals hit congressman's home), p. A15, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / Nuclear Powers & United Nations - October 25th, 2008: "UNITED NATIONS / Nuclear powers urged [by U.N. Secretary-General] to cut their arsenals ['and encouraged to provide more information about their arsenals']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - PNC Financial Services Group Inc. Acquisition / National City Corp. - October 25th, 2008: "PNC Financial buys ['said Friday'] National City ['for $5.58 billion']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A33, S.L.P.D.,10/25/08]

2008 - Flooding / Yemen - October 26th, 2008: "Two provinces of Yemen were declared disaster zones after two days of fierce storms caused flooding and killed at least 58 people, officials said. Scores of people were missing and at least 1,700 houses had been destroyed." [Based on: AFP/Getty IMages picture article by Khaled Fazaa, p. A16, S.L.P.D.,10/26/08]

2008 - Trivia / Alaska Pipeline - October 26th, 2008: "AP calls process palin used on pipeline 'flawed' / The field was narrowed too far and benefitted a company [TransCanada Corp.] with ties to her administration, the Associated Press says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/26/08]

2008 - Extramarital Affair / IMF Chief - October 26th, 2008: "The head of the International Monetary Fund will remain in his job after the agency's executive board concluded that there is no cause for dismissal over an extramarital relationship. [NP] The IMF board issued a statement late Saturday [10/25/08] saying that IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn's relationship with a former IMF employee was consensual and did not involve any type of sexual harassment, favoritism or abuse of authority." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / IMF chief gets to keep job, despite affair), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/26/08]

2008 - Forging Alliances / Taliban & Al-Qaida - October 26th, 2008: "Taliban, al-Qaida are forging alliances in militant regions / The complex relationships are creating difficulty in fighting the insurgency." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D.,10/26/08]

2008 - Severed U.S. Contacts / Iraqi Islamic Party, Iraq - October 26th, 2008: "Iraq's largest Sunni party said Saturday [10/25/08] that it had suspended 'all official contacts' with American military personnel and civilians after the killing of a man near Fallujah. [NP] The Iraqi Islamic Party said in a statement that U.S. and Iraqi soldiers killed a senior member of the party in his bed and arrested five others in a raid the day before. It said the raid had 'hidden political goals' after the party forged tribal alliances with other political blocs. [NP] A U.S. military statement said Iraqi soldiers arrested a wanted insurgent in an operation that killed an armed man." [Based on: News Services article (BAGHDAD / Sunnis sever contacts with U.S. officials), p. A16, S.L.P.D.,10/26/08]

2008 - U.S. Attack / Syria - October 27th, 2008: "U.S. military helicopters launched a rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as 'serious aggression.' [....] The government [Syria] said civilians were among the dead, including four children. [....] The area targeted is near the Iraqi border city of Qaim, which had been a major crossing point for fighters, weapons and money coming into Iraq to fuel the Sunni insurgency. [NP] The flow of foreign fighters into Iraq has been cut to an estimated 20 a month, a U.S. military intelligence official told The Associated Press in July. Ninety percent of foreign fighters enter through Syria, according to U.S. intelligence." [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. launches attack in Syria), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Israel - October 27th, 2008: "Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni gave formal notice on Sunday [10/26/08] that she had failed to form a new coalition government, putting Israel on course for early elections and further clouding prospects for a peace deal with the Palestinians before President George W. Bush leaves office in January." [Based on: News Services article (JERUSALEM / Lack of coalition will prompt early elections), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Coronal Mass Ejection - October 27th, 2008: "Yesterday, Oct. 27th, something exploded on the far side of the sun. The blast hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) over the sun's western limb where the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory caught it in flight: [....] The CME was not aimed at Earth (for the record, it is heading in the general direction of Saturn), so there will be no space weather consequences for our planet. What caused the explosion? Possibilities include a farside sunspot or a collapsing magnetic filament. Whatever the source, it was a break from the relentless calm of recent months. The sun is alive, after all."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=28&month=10&year=2008]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Brazil - October 27th, 2008: "Sao Paulo mayor Gilberto Kassab of the conservative Democrat Party easily won re-election, beating Marta Suplicy of the Workers Party. In Rio de Janeiro, ex-guerrilla Fernando Gabeira, of the Green Party lost to Eduardo Paes by less than 2 percentage points in the runoff." [Based on: News Services article (Brazil), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Underclass Grows / Japan - October 27th, 2008: "[....] The number of Japanese earning less than $19,610 a year surged 40 percent from 2002 to 2006, the latest data available, the government says. They number more than 10 million. [....] As the Tokyo stock market tumbled, evaporating vast stores of wealth, corporations restructured by laying off workers. In the 2000s, that was followed by a round of free-market reforms that widened the disparity between haves and have-nots. [NP] A key to the growth of the working poor has been the explosion in temporary employment agencies, which allow corporations to take on labor without having to pay benefits - and then unload workers at will. [NP] As part of market reforms, the government made it easier in 2004 for manufacturers to hire such laborers, whose number has since increased 40 percent, hitting 1.33 million in 2007. About 40 percent of temps are ages 25 to 34. [....] The spike in the number of the working poor is taking a toll on Japanese society. [NP] More people are putting off marriage because of tight finances, exacerbating a declining fertility rate. Part-time workers unable to afford rent sleep in 24-hour Internet cafes to escape the streets. Some have stopped going to the doctor because they can't afford it." [Based on: A.P. article (Underclass grows in Japan / Belt-tightening and economic woes fuel increase in numbers of working poor who earn less than $19,610 a year.), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Financial Crisis? / Kuwait - October 27th, 2008: "Global financial crisis spreads to Kuwait / Government says it will shore up Gulf Bank and protect all depositors in the country's banks." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Elections Trivia / Lithuania - October 27th, 2008: "A conservative party critical of Russia won Lithuania's parliamentary ballot, the Baltic country's election commission said Sunday [10/26/08], signaling the return of a center-right government after seven years of leftist rule." [Based on: News Services article (Lithuania), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Rebel Fighting / East Congo - October 27th, 2008: "KIBUMBA, CONGO / Thousands flee as rebels seize army base [North Kivu province, east Congo - 10/26/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Died / TV Anchorwoman, U.S.A. - October 27th, 2008: "[....] Anne Pressly, 26, an anchorwoman for KATV, died Saturday night [10/25/08] in a Little Rock hospital. Authorities have no suspects in the attack." [Based on: News Services article (LITTLE ROCK, ARK. / TV anchorwoman dies from attack injuries), p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Tropical Storm Rashmi / Bangladesh - October 27th, 2008: "Tropical Storm Rashmi came ashore over Bangladesh on October 27, 2008, taking at least 15 lives, reported Reuters. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=15114&src=map]

2008 - Melamine / Eggs & Animal Feed?, China - October 27th, 2008: "Hong Kong food inspectors have found eggs imported from northeastern China to be contaminated with high levels of melamine, the toxic industrial additive at the heart of a scandal over Chinese milk products. [....] Scientists in China worry that melamine may have been added to animal feed, tainting chicken, fish and hogs, according to a report published Sunday [10/26/08] in the South China Morning Post." [Based on: News Services article (SHANGHAI / Eggs are contaminated, food inspectors find), p. A11, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - School Shooting / University of Central Arkansas - October 27th, 2008: "CONWAY, ARK / One killed, two wounded [10/26/08] in campus shooting [University of Central Arkansas]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/27/08]

2008 - Solar Wind Stream - October 28th, 2008: "High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras tonight [10/28/08] and tomorrow. A solar wind stream is heading toward Earth and could arrive as early as Oct. 28th: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=28&month=10&year=2008]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 28th, 2008: "Stocks tumbled in the last half-hour of trading Monday [10/27/08] after shifting between gains and losses all day ['The Dow Jones industrial average slid 203.18, or 2.4 percent, to 8,175.77.'], pulled lower by commodity producers as investors speculated a global recession will dampen demand for fuel and metals. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Commodities are a drag on stock market), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 10/28/08]

2008 - Staph Superbug / U.S.A. - October 28th, 2008: "Staph superbug [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA] evades antibiotics / Widespread germs used to be easier to treat but now are causing serious illness." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iraq - October 28th, 2008: "Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, informed Iraqi officials last week that if their country does not accept a new agreement governing American forces in Iraq, it would lose $6.3 billion in aid for construction, security forces and economic activity and another $10 billion a year in foreign military sales. [....]" [Based on: McClatchy Newspapers article (Iraq will lose billions without accord, U.S. commander warns), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Prisoner Boycott / Gitmo Trial - October 28th, 2008: "[....] Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, facing a possible life sentence, sat mutely at the defense table as his lawyer announced the prisoner would boycott the trial because he did not want a military attorney and the judge had denied his repeated requests to represent himself [10/27/08] . [....]" [Based on: News Services article (GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA / Prisoner boycott derails second Gitmo trial), p. A4, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Settlement / Visa & Mastercard - October 28th, 2008: "Visa and MasterCard say they will pay up to $2.75 billion to Discover Financial to settle an antitrust suit. [....]" [Based on: Wire Services article (DISCOVER FINANCIAL / Visa, MasterCard settle), p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Downward Trek / Gas & Oil, U.S.A. - October 28th, 2008: "Crude oil, gasoline prices continue on downward trek" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit / Arch Coal Inc. - October 28th, 2008: "ARCH COAL EARNINGS / Profit triples, but outlook declines / Concerns about a U.S. recession and weakening demand bring coal producer to lower expectations." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article, p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Bankruptcy / Value City Dept. Stores - October 28th, 2008: "VALUE CITY / Chain files bankruptcy [Chapter 11 - 10/26/08]" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Neo-Nazi Assassination Plot? / U.S.A. - October 28th, 2008: "Law enforcement agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday [10/27/08]. [....] Sheriffs deputies in Crockett County, Tenn., arrested the two suspects, 20 and 18, on Oct. 22 on unspecified charges." [Based on: News Services article (WASHINGTON / Neo-Nazis' assassination plot disrupted, ATF says), p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Found Guilty / Alaska Senator, U.S.A. - October 28th, 2008: "Stevens [U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska] is found guilty ['was convicted of a seven-felony string of corruption charges Monday' - 10/27/08]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Trivia / Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - October 28th, 2008: "On October 28, 2008 there were 992 potentially hazardous asteroids." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=28&month=10&year=2008] 

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. Pakistan & Syria - October 28th, 2008: "Raids into Pakistan, Syria show U.S. 'taking matters into our own hands' / Senior officials back the aggressive tactics, seeing more upsides than down." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter Profit / Verizon Communications Inc. - October 28th, 2008: "VERIZON / Earnings rise 31 percent" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/28/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Near North Coast of Papua New Guinea - October 28th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 16:00:02 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 3.515°S, 145.863°E; Depth 15.7 km (9.8 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008ysbh.php] - [T.D. - 10/29/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Pakistan - October 28th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 23:09:58 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 30.653°N, 67.323°E; Depth 15 km (9.3 miles) set by location program] was located @ PAKISTAN." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008yscs.php] - [T.D. - 10/29/08]

2008 - U.N. Forces / Congo - October 29th, 2008: "KILIMANYOKA, CONGO / U.N. forces get involved in fighting [10/28/08]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/29/08]

2008 - Job Cuts / Time Inc. - October 29th, 2008: "TIME INC.  / Publisher to cut staff" [Based on: Title for Wire Services article, p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/29/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 29th, 2008: "Stocks rallied [10/28/08] and the Dow Jones industrial average posted its second-best point gain as the cheapest valuations in 23 years lured investors and increased commercial paper sales signaled credit markets are thawing. [....] The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 91.59 points, or 11 percent, to 940.51 after sliding to the lowest level since March 2003 on Monday [10/27/08]. The Dow climbed 889.35 points, or 11 percent, to 9,065.12. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (ECONOMY IN TURMOIL / Smiles on Wall Street? / Dow leads charge as market soars / 30 industrials post their second-best point gain, with a near 900-point rally on cheap valuations. / S&P 500 gains 11 percent after falling Monday to its lowest level since March 2003.), p. C1, S.L.P.D., 10/29/08]

2008 - Job Cuts / Gannett Co. - October 29th, 2008: "Gannett Co., the nation's largest newspaper publisher [U.S.A.], said Tuesday [10/28/08] that it will lay off  about 3,000 newspaper workers, or about 10 percent of the work force, as advertising revenue continues to plummet. [....]" [Based on: Wire Services article (GANNETT / 3,000 will be laid off), p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/29/08]

2008 - Google Deal / Online Books - October 29th, 2008: "Google Inc. has reached an agreement with publishers and authors to scan millions of copyrighted titles and post them on the Internet for users to read and print for a fee. [....]" [Based on: Wire Services article (GOOGLE / Deal set for online books), p. C2, S.L.P.D.,10/29/08]

2008 - Nuclear Investigation / Syria - October 29th, 2008: "Freshly evaluated soil and air samples from a Syrian site bombed by Israel on suspicion it was a covert nuclear reactor provide enough evidence to push ahead with a U.N. investigation, diplomats said Tuesday [10/28/08]. [NP] The findings are important after months of uncertainty about the status of the investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Damascus denies running a covert program." [Based on: News Services article (VIENNA, AUSTRIA / Bombed Syrian site said to show nuclear evidence), p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/29/08]

2008 - Strong Earthquake / Pakistan - October 29th, 2008: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:32:42 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 30.546°N, 67.447°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ PAKISTAN." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008ytbk.php] - [T.D. - 10/29/08]

*Trivia: "At least 100 [170 as of 10/29/08] people were killed after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck today in southwestern Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan. The death toll was expected to rise as details emerged from remote areas." [Based on: News Services article (Pakistan quake), p. A9, S.L.P.D.,10/29/08]

*Trivia: "WAM, PAKISTAN / Earthquake death toll rises to 215 in Pakistan" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - White House Prods Banks on Loans - October 29th, 2008: "An impatient White House prodded banks and other financial companies Tuesday [10/28/08] to quit hoarding billions of dollars flowing into their vaults from Washington and start making more loans. Wall Street soared nearly 900 points on bargain-hunting and hopes of a hefty interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (FINANCIAL CRISIS / White House prods banks on loans) by Jennifer Loven, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/29/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 30th, 2008: "Stocks dropped Wednesday [10/29/08] as the Standard & Poor's 500 index erased a 3.1 percent rally in the final 12 minutes of trading on concern that the Federal Reserve's sixth interest rate cut this year isn't enough to rescue the economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Fed fails to assuage skittish investors), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 10/30/08]

2008 - Combat Kills? / Columbia - October 30th, 2008: "Columbian army inflates rebel toll with slain civilians" [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Simon Romero, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/30/08]

2008 - Interesrt Rate Cut / U.S.A. - October 30th, 2008: "LENDING RATE LOW / The Federal Reserve cut its interest rate [Federal funds rate] to 1.0 percent on Wednesday [10/29/08]." [Based on: Caption for Federal Reserve / A.P. illustration, p. C1, S.L.P.D.,10/30/08]

2008 - Civilian Exodus / Goma, Congo - October 30th, 2008: "Congolese flee [10/29/08] city [Goma] that once was haven" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/30/08]

2008 - Fined / Kosher Meat Plant, Iowa - October 30th, 2008: "IOWA CITY, IOWA / Kosher meat plant [Agriprocessors / Postville, Iowa - 'raided in May'] is fined [10/29/08] nearly $10 million" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/30/08]

2008 - Suicide Bombings / Northern Somalia - October 30th, 2008: "MOGADISHU, SOMALIA / Suicide bombings [10/29/08] kill at least 20 people" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/30/08]

2008 - Magnetic Portals Connect Sun & Earth - October 30th, 2008: "During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn't believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again, around the time you reach the end of the page. [NP] 'It's called a flux transfer event or "FTE," ' says space physicist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. 'Ten years ago I was pretty sure they didn't exist, but now the evidence is incontrovertible.' [NP] Indeed, today Sibeck is telling an international assembly of space physicists at the 2008 Plasma Workshop in Huntsville, Alabama, that FTEs are not just common, but possibly twice as common as anyone had ever imagined. [....] Researchers have long known that the Earth and sun must be connected. Earth's magnetosphere (the magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet) is filled with particles from the sun that arrive via the solar wind and penetrate the planet's magnetic defenses. They enter by following magnetic field lines that can be traced from terra firma all the way back to the sun's atmosphere. [NP] 'We used to think the connection was permanent and that solar wind could trickle into the near-Earth environment anytime the wind was active,' says Sibeck. 'We were wrong. The connections are not steady at all. They are often brief, bursty and very dynamic.' [NP] Several speakers at the Workshop have outlined how FTEs form: On the dayside of Earth (the side closest to the sun), Earth's magnetic field presses against the sun's magnetic field. Approximately every eight minutes, the two fields briefly merge or 'reconnect,' forming a portal through which particles can flow. The portal takes the form of a magnetic cylinder about as wide as Earth. The European Space Agency's fleet of four Cluster spacecraft and NASA's five THEMIS probes have flown through and surrounded these cylinders, measuring their dimensions and sensing the particles that shoot through. 'They're real,' says Sibeck. [NP] Now that Cluster and THEMIS have directly sampled FTEs, theorists can use those measurements to simulate FTEs in their computers and predict how they might behave. Space physicist Jimmy Raeder of the University of New Hampshire presented one such simulation at the Workshop. He told his colleagues that the cylindrical portals tend to form above Earth's equator and then roll over Earth's winter pole. In December, FTEs roll over the north pole; in July they roll over the south pole. [....]" [Based on: Article (Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth) Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA, 10/30/08 - see link] *Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30oct_ftes.htm

2008 - "Nocolas Sarkozy: The Voodoo Manual" Kit - October 30th, 2008: "A Paris court has seen a funny side to hot-selling voodoo dolls of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, refusing his lawyer's request to order them pulled from sale. [....] 'Nicolas Sarkozy: The Voodoo Manual' kit costs $16.54 and includes a handbook and 12 pins. The doll shows Sarkozy's face on a body covered with some of his quotes. [....]" [Based on: A.P.  article (Judges stick pins in lawsuit brought by French president over voodoo doll), p. A13, S.L.P.D.,10/30/08]

2008 - Sunspot 1007 - October 31st, 2008: "Sunspot 1007, which emerged on Halloween, is a member of new Solar Cycle 24. The spot is located at high latitude, as new-cycle sunspots always are, and it has the magnetic polariity expected of a Cycle 24 active region [....] From beginning to end, the month of October had four new-cycle sunspots. They emerged on Oct. 4th, 11th, 17th and 31st. In a year of almost no sunspots, four in a single month is significant. It means that the sun is beginning a slow ascent out of solar minimum to a more active phase of the sunspot cycle. Solar minimum is not a permanent condition! Readers, if you have a solar telescope, train it on sunspot 1007 to witness a sign of things to come." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 11/01/08]

2008 - GDP Decline / U.S.A. - October 31st, 2008: "Economy shrinking: consumers are culprit / It's official: GDP in decline [0.3 percent] - Sharp drop in consumer spending drives number down." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Market Report / U.S.A. - October 30th, 2008: "Stocks rose Thursday [10/30/08] after the economy contracted less than forecast in the third quarter and investors speculated global interest rate cuts will stem a further slump. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Investors buoyed by GDP report, interest rate cuts), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 10/30/08]

2008 - Credit Card Debt / U.S.A. - October 31st, 2008: "[....] Big banks have formed an unusual alliance with consumer advocates to urge the government [U.S.A.] to allow huge portions of credit card debt to be forgiven, a turnaround from recent years when the banking industry lobbied strenuously to make it harder for consumers to erase credit card debts in bankruptcy. [....] The largest credit card banks each set aside between $1 billion and $3.5 billion in the third quarter for losses on card loans as profits plummeted. [....] Americans are lumbering under about $900 billion in credit card debt, according to the latest available Federal Reserve figures. People who are in credit counseling, on average, carry seven cards. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Credit card debt is next target in financial crisis), p. A5, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Nuclear Program? / Iran - October 31st, 2008: "Iran has recently tested ways of recovering highly enriched uranium from waste reactor fuel in a covert bid to expand its nuclear program, according to an intelligence assessment made availablre to The Associated Press. [....] The alleged tests loosely replicate Saddam Hussein's attempts to build a nuclear bomb nearly two decades ago. But experts question the conclusion by those providing the intelligence that Tehran, too, is trying to reprocess fuel to make a nuclear weapon." [Based on: News Services article (VIENNA, AUSTRIA / Iran still testing on nuke program, report says), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Joe the Celebrity? / U.S.A. - October 31st, 2008: "The press Office in Nashville, tenn., where clients include rockers Grand Funk Railroad and Eddie Money, will help Joe the Plumber handle appearance requests." [Based on: News Services article (Joe the celebrity), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Term Trivia / Salim Hamdan - October 31st, 2008: "[....] Navy Capt. Keith Allred's ruling means the prison sentence for Salim Hamdan, 40, will end by New Year's under a military jury sentence that granted him time served for more than 61 months in prison at this remote U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, CUBA / Judge rejects Pentagon effort to extend term), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Bombings / Assam, India - October 31st, 2008: "Bombs planted in cars and rickshaws ripped through crowded markets in a coordinated attack Thursday [10/30/08] in India's northeast, killing at least 76 people and wounding more than 300. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (NEW DELHI / Coiordinated explosions rip through Assam), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - On the Rise / Diabetes, U.S.A. - October 31st, 2008: "New cases of diabetes are on the rise in the U.S. / In Missouri, some 36,000 adults were diagnosed with diabetes from 2005-2007, study says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Obama & Palin Effigies / U.S.A. - October 31st, 2008: "A University of Kentucky student and another man were arrested Thursday [10/30/08], accused of hanging a life-sized likeness of Barack Obama from a tree on the campus. [NP] A Redondo Beach, Calif., woman removed a Halloween effigy of Obama that had a butcher knife in its neck. [NP] In West Hollywood, Calif., a man removed an effigy of Sarah Palin from his yard." [Based on: News Services article (LEXINGTON, KY. / Student arrested over effigy of Obama in tree), p. A3, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Syria - October 31st, 2008: "[....] A private Syrian television station also reported that the government was reducing the number of soldiers along the Iraqi border, calling it a move to reduce security cooperation with the U.S. in the wake of the attack. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (DAMASCUS, SYRIA / Syrians protest U.S. raid near Iraq border), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - House Destruction / West Bank - October 31st, 2008: "The Israeli army knocked down shacks in a West Bank village for the second straight day Thursday [10/30/08], leaving dozens of Palestinian Bedouins homeless, a United nations official said." [Based on: News Services article (West Bank), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Anthrax Scare / U.S. Newspapers - October 31st, 2008: "The Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the Boston Herald on Thursday [10/30/08] became the latest news organizations to receive a package labled 'anthrax,' the day after the FBI arrested a man on charges of sending anthrax hoax letters to the media." [Based on: News Services article (Anthrax scare), p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Taliban Attack / Kabul, Afghanistan - October 31st, 2008: "Taliban fighters stormed the Ministry of Culture in the heart of Kabul Thursday [10/30/08], killing five people. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Taliban attacks Ministry of Culture building), p. A7, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Working Again / Hubble Space Telescope - October 31st, 2008: "The Hubble Space telescope is working again, taking stunning cosmic photos after a breakdown a month ago, officials said." [Based on: News Services article (Hubble working), p. A2, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - Third-Quarter profit / Exxon Mobil Corp. - October 31st, 2008: "Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reported income Thursday [10/30/08] that shattered its own record for U.S. corporate profits, earning $14.83 billion in the third quarter. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Exxon Mobil shatters its own U.S. quarterly profit record), p. B3, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

2008 - New Psycholocical Screening Guidelines / Catholic Seminarians - October 31st, 2008: "The Vactican issued new psychological screening guidelines for seminarians Thursday [10/30/08] - the latest effort by the Roman Catholic Church to be more selective about priesthood candidates following a series of sex abuse scandals." [Based on: News Services article (Priest screening), p. A10, S.L.P.D.,10/31/08]

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