Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

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

  October 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - October 1st, 2009: "Sun [8 Libra], Moon [3 Pisces], Mercury [21 Virgo R.], Venus [13 Virgo], Mars [21 Cancer], Jupiter [17 Aquarius R.], Saturn [26 Virgo], Uranus [24 Pisces R.], Neptune [24 Aquarius R.], Pluto [0 Capricorn], Chiron [21 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200910.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October1st, 2009: "The stock market ended a strong third quarter with trading that reflected investors' mixed emotions about the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day down 30 points at 9,712.28. The index still ended the quarter up 15 percent, its best in 11 years." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/01/09]

2009 - Typhoon Parma / Philippines - October 1st, 2009: "As the death toll from Tropical Storm Ketsana continued to climb, residents of the Philippines braced for Typhoon Parma, which continued its westward path across the Pacific Ocean on October 1, 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40550]

*Trivia: "Typhoon [Parma] kills 16 in Philippines" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - October 1st, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Oct 2009 at 10:54:51 PM GMT is: $11,913,939,126,713.94. The estimated population of the United States is 307,023,265 so each citizen's share of this debt is $38,804.68. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.96 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 10/01/09]

2009 - Slower Growth Forecast / U.S.A. - October 1st, 2009: "Slower growth forecast / Joblessness, tight credit could take some steam from economy in 4th quarter." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/01/09]

2009 - Greenhouse Gas Regulation / U.S.A. - October 1st, 2009: "EPA skirts Congress to rein in emissions / Obama gives go-ahead ['announced Wednesday']; large industries would be forced to cut smog - or face penalties." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/01/09]

2009 - No. 1 in child predator arrests / St. Louis, Mo. - October 1st, 2009: "The FBI St. Louis Division has arrested more than 100 people on child pornography and child sex crimes charges in the last two years, the most of any field office in the nation. [....]" [Based on: Article (No. 1 in child predator arrests / St. Louis division of FBI leads nation in arrests on charges of child porn, sex crimes.), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 10/01/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southern Sumatra, Indonesia - October 1st, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:52:29 (UTC) on Thursday, October 1st, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 2.497°S, 101.540°E; Depth 15 km (9.3 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mfaf.php]-[T.D. - 10/01/09]

2009 - Netanyahu warning - October 2nd, 2009: "The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warned the Palestinians and international powers that any action taken to advance a recent U.N. report on the Gaza conflict early this year would be a denail of Israel's 'right to delf-defense' and would kill any chance of a peace process." [Based on: News Services article (Netanyahu warning), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - October 2nd, 2009: "Earth is inside a solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=02&month=10&year=2009]

2009 - Ardipithecus ramidus - October 2nd, 2009: "Skeleton ['Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus] opens window on past / African specimen [fragments found in 1992] dating back 4.4 million years walked upright." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 2nd, 2009: "Stocks began the fourth quarter with a slide as pessimism about the economy gripped investors. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index posted their biggest drops in three months. The S&P 500 index fell 27.23, or 2.6 percent, to 1,029.85." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - Nuclear Program / Iran - October 2nd, 2009: "Iranians bend on nuclear program / Enrichment - Envoys agree to send most of current enriched uranium stocks to Russia to be refined for peaceful purposes. / Inspection  - Site that once was covert would be opened to international scrutiny." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - Plunge in Car Sales / U.S.A. - October 2nd, 2009: "Plunge in car sales ['In the first month after the end of the cash for clunkers program'] hits Chrysler, GM hardest" [Based on: Title for MARKETWATCH article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - October 2nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:07:39 (UTC) on Friday, October 1st, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 16.327°S, 173.480°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mgad.php]-[T.D. - 10/04/09]

2009 - Whistle-Blowing Grows / U.S.A. - October 2nd, 2009: "Since Congress beefed up whistle-blower rewards in late 2006, tips about suspected tax cheats owing at least $2 million have jumped more than tenfold, the Internal Revenue Service said in a report Thursday [10/01/09]. In 2008, the agency received tips on 1,246 suspected tax dodgers, each owing more than $2 million. That's up from 116 in 2007." [Based on: News Services article (Whistle-blowing grows), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 3rd, 2009: "Stocks posted modest losses after a monthly jobs report brought fresh concerns that a recovery in the labor market may be a long way off. Stocks have fallen in seven of the last eight days. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4.64, or 0.5 percent, to 1,025.21." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - October 2nd, 2009: "80 percent of Pakistanis oppose helping U.S. [according to a pole released 10/01/09 by the International Republic Institute]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - Death Toll Trivia / Indonesian Earthquake - October 2nd, 2009: "Frantic search follows quake / Indonesian death toll hits 1,100; lack of reseouces hampers rescue effort." [Based on: Title for New York Times article (Netanyahu warning), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/02/09]

2009 - SLU Cancels Speech - October 3rd, 2009: "[....] SLU said in a statement that it did not 'ban' Horowitz to speak on campus. Rather, the school was concerned that the event could be viewed as 'attacking another faith and seeking to cause derision on campus.' [....]" [Based on: Article (St. Louis U. cancels speech by activist David Horowitz / School says it was concerned that the event could be viewed as 'attacking another faith.') by Kavita Kumar, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Unemployment / U.S.A. - October 3rd, 2009: "Unemployment hits 9.8 percent / Employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, government says." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Mass Graves / Pakistan - October 3rd, 2009: "Mass graves found in Pakistan / They may contain bodies of Taliban killed in Swat offensive." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Mudslides / Messina, Italy - October 3rd, 2009: "Mudslides in Italy [city of Messina on Friday, that killed at least 22 people']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Suicide Blast / Afghanistan - October 3rd, 2009: "Suicide blast ['struck a U.S. convoy in southern Afghanistan'] kills 2 U.S. soldiers [10/02/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Taiwan - October 3rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:36:05 (UTC) on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 23.635°N, 121.565°E; Depth 17.5 km (10.9 miles)] was located @ TAIWAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mhcf.php]-[T.D. - 10/04/09]

2009 - Campaign Trivia / New York City - October 3rd, 2009: "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $64.8 million of his own money in his bid for a third term. He is heavily favored against Democrat William Thompson Jr., who has collected $8 million." [Based on: News Services article (Bloomberg spends $64.8 million), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Not Guilty Plea / Letterman Extortion Case - October 3rd, 2009: "Not guilty plea [10/02/09] in Letterman extortion case / Accused CBS worker is a '48 Hours Mystery' producer; case led TV host to admit affairs." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/03/09]

2009 - Solar Prominence - October 4th, 2009: "Astronomers are monitoring an arch-shaped prominence dancing along the limb of the sun. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=04&month=10&year=2009]

2009 - Farm Aid / Missouri - October 4th, 2009: "Farm Aid builds bridges [10/04/09] / Music stars - joined by Nixon and the deputy USDA secretary - draw 21,000 [St. Louis, Mo.] to sow more seeds in 'good food' movement." [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines - October 4th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:58:01 (UTC) on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 6.721°N, 123.480°E; Depth 630.5 km (391.8 miles)] was located @ MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mia8.php]-[T.D. - 10/04/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Greece - October 5th, 2009: "Socialists win big in Greek election [10/04/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - Redirected Money / Pakistan - October 5th, 2009: "[....] At the time of the siphoning, Pervez Musharraf, a Washington ally, served as both chief of staff and president, making it easier to divert money intended for the military to bolster his sagging image at home through economic subsidies. [....] The details on misuse of American aid come as Washington again promises Pakistan money. Legislation to triple general aid to Pakistan cleared Congress recently [....] But the U.S. still can't follow what happens to the money it doles out. [NP] 'We don't have a mechanism for tracking the money after we have given it to them.,' Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Wright said in a telephone interview." [Based on: A.P. article (Pakistan redirected money in terror fight / Only $500 million of $6.6 billion sent by U.S. went to military, Pakistani generals say.) by Kathy Gannon, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - Anti-Jewish Statements / Brazil - October 5th, 2009: "A Jewish civil rights organization is expressing alarm over consopiracy theories claiming that Jews and Israel aided the ouster of the Honduran president and attempts to dislodge him from his refuge in the Brazillian Embassy. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Anti-Jewish statements raise concern), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - Deferred War Crimes Vote / Gaza - October 5th, 2009: "Abbas faces uproar over deferred war crimes vote ['over last winter's military offensive in Gaza']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - Supreme Court British style making debut - October 5th, 2009: "Britain's most powerful judges take up their first case this week with new robes, new titles, a new office, and - some argue - more power. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Supreme Court British style making debut / Separation of the justices from House of Lords could mean they will exercise more authority.), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - Insurgent Assault / Nuristan Province, Afghanistan - October 5th, 2009: "8 U.S. soldiers are killed in raids on Afghan outposts [10/03/09] / Hundreds of insurgents attack in deadliest assault against American forces in more than one year." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/05/09]

2009 - FTC Rules / U.S.A. - October 6th, 2009: "The Federal Trade Commission will try to regulate blogging for the first time, requiring writers on the Web to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products. Violating the rules, which take effect Dec. 1, could bring fines up to $11,000 per violation. Bloggers or advertisers also could face injunctions and be ordered to reimburse consumers." [Based on: News Services article (FTC sets rules for bloggers) p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/06/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 6th, 2009: "The first growth in the service industry in a year and an upgrade of big banks pulled investors into stocks after a two-week slide. The ISM service index rose to 50.9 in September from 48.4 in August. The S&P 500 rose 15.25, or 1.5 percent, to 1,040.46." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/06/09]

2009 - Autism Trivia / U.S.A. - October 6th, 2009: "[....] One in 91 children in the U.S. has autism spectrum disorder, according to a study ['a telephone survey of more than 78,000 parents.'] released Monday [10/05/09] in the medical journal Pediatrics. That smashes the previous estimate of one in 150 released two years ago. [....]" [Based on: Article (Boom in children battling autism), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/06/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Pakistan - October 6th, 2009: "Suicide bomber kills 5 at U.N. in Pakistan [10/05/09] / He was disguised as security officer." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/06/09]

2009 - Nobel Prize in Medicine / U.S.A. - October 6th, 2009: "[....] The key is the end of the chromosomes, where caps known as telomeres reside. An enzyme discovered by the researchers, dubbed telomerase, prevents the end from being shaved off and maintains the health of the cell as it replicates - earning it the title of 'immortality enzyme'. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (3 in U.S. win Nobel for work on cell 'immortality' / It's the first time two women have jointly won the prize.) by Michelle Fay Cortez, pp. A1 & A6, S.L.P.D., 10/06/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Iraq - October 7th, 2009: "Car bomb kills 8 ['west of Baghdad']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 10/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 7th, 2009: "Investors barreled into stocks as hopes grew that corporate profits will strengthen as the economy recovers. In addition, Australia became the first big country to raise interest rates since the onset of the financial crisis. The Dow rose 1.4 percent to 9,731.25." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/07/09]

2009 - Nobel Prize in Physics - October 7th, 2009: "[....] All three of the winning scientists [Nobel Prize in Physics] hold American citizenship. Kao [Charles K. Kao], 75, was born in Shanghai and is also a British citizen, and Boyle [Willard S. Boyle], 85, is also a Canadian citizen. Smith [George E. Smith] is 79." [Based on: New York Times article (3 U.S. citizens win physics Nobel), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 10/07/09]

2009 - Super Typhoon Melor - October 7th, 2009: "Typhoon Melor was a weakening Category 2 typhoon on the morning of October 7, 2009, when the QuikSCAT satellite collected the observations used to make this image [see link]. The image depicts the wind field associated with the storm. The strongest winds are pink and purple, forming a rough circle in the center of the storm. Much of the rest of the storm is made up of a broad field of moderately strong winds, shown in red. Barbs illustrate wind direction, spiraling around the center of the storm. White barbs point to areas of heavy rain. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40632]

2009 - Militant Deaths / Afghanistan - October 7th, 2009: "40 militants reportedly killed [eastern Afghanistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 10/07/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Celebes Sea - October 7th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:4:15 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 4.043°N, 122.584°E; Depth 582.8 km (362.2 miles)] was located @ CELEBES SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mlcb.php]-[T.D. - 10/07/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Vanuatu - October 7th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 22:03:15 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. The magnitude 7.8 event [Location: 13.052°S, 166.187°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mlcf.php]-[T.D. - 10/07/09]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40677

2009 - Major Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - October 7th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 22:18:26 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. The magnitude 7.7 event [Location: 12.554°S, 166.320°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mlcx.php]-[T.D. - 10/07/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Vanuatu - October 7th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 23:13:49 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. The magnitude 7.1 event [Location: 13.145°S, 166.297°E; Depth 33.3 km (20.7 miles)] was located @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mlcs.php]-[T.D. - 10/07/09]

2009 - Indonesian Asteroid - October 8th, 2009: "Picture this: A 10-meter wide asteroid hits Earth and explodes in the atmosphere with the energy of a small atomic bomb. Frightened by thunderous sounds and shaking walls, people rush out of their homes, thinking that an earthquake is in progress. All they see is a twisting trail of debris in the mid-day sky: [....] This really happened on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, Indonesia. The Earth-shaking blast received remarkably little coverage in Western press, but meteor scientists have given it their full attention. [....] The asteroid that caused the blast was not known before it hit and took astronomers completely by surprise. According to statistical studies of the near-Earth asteroid population, such objects are expected to collide with Earth on average every 2 to 12 years. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/29/09]

*Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeQBzTkJNhs&videos=jkRJgbXY-90

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 8th, 2009: "Stocks ended narrowly mixed as financial and energy stocks rose, while industrial, material and technology stocks fell. Many investors are waiting for earnings reports to start rolling in. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.86, or 0.3 percent, to 1,057.58." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/08/09]

2009 - Nobel Prize in Chemistry - October 8th, 2009: "Three [Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz & Ada E. Yonath] share Nobel for chemistry ['for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome']" [Based on: Title for Newsday article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/08/09]

2009 - Consumer Debt / U.S.A. - October 8th, 2009: "[....] The Federal Reserve said Wednesday [10/07/09] that total consumer debt outstanding fell in August by $12 billion, a 5.8 percent annual rate. Wall Street economists expected a $10 billion decline. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Americans cut their debt further / Consumers reduce what they owe for seventh straight month.), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/08/09]

2009 - Safety Violations / U.S. Mines - October 8th, 2009: "10 U.S. mines are cited for serious safety violations / Doe Run, Peabody and Patriot all made the list." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 10/08/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - October 8th, 2009: "President Barack Obama's national security team is moving to reframe its war strategy by emphasizing the campaign against al-Qaida in Pakistan while arguing that the Taliban in Afghanistan does not pose a direct threat to the United States, officials said Wednesday [10/07/09]. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Focus may shift to Pakistan), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/08/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - October 8th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:12:39 (UTC) on Thursday, October 8th, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 11.650°S, 166.170°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mmam.php]-[T.D. - 10/08/09]

2009 - Weed killer will get closer look by EPA - October 8th, 2009: "[....] As recently as this summer, staff members argued that current regulations were adequate. Water systems in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa Kansas, Mississippi and Ohio recently sued atrazine's manufacturers to force them to pay for removing the chemical from drinking water." [Based on: New York Times article (Weed killer will get closer look by EPA / Herbicide atrazine is among most common contaminants of American drinking water.) by Charles Duhigg, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/08/09]

2009 - Not Embraced by All / Swine Flu Vaccine - October 8th, 2009: "As the first wave of swine flu vaccine crosses the country [U.S.A.], more than a third of parents don't want their kids vaccinated, according to an Associated Press-GFK poll. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Swine flu vaccine isn't embraced by all, poll finds), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/08/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - October 8th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:28:48 (UTC) on Thursday, October 8th, 2009. The magnitude 6.8 event [Location: 13.298°S, 165.951°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mmbf.php]-[T.D. - 10/08/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - October 8th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:34:37 (UTC) on Thursday, October 8th, 2009. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 12.276°S, 166.448°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mmbi.php]-[T.D. - 10/08/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - October 8th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:16:12 (UTC) on Thursday, October 8th, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 [Preliminary magnitude] event [Location: 12.879°S, 166.200°E; Depth 11.3 km (7.0 miles)] was located @ SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mmc6.php]-[T.D. - 10/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 9th, 2009: "Investors moved into stocks after getting encouraging readings on two of the best guages of the economy's health: consumer spending and corporate profits. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 61 points, while the Standard & Poor's 500 rose 7.90, or 0.8 percent, to 1,065.48." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 10/09/09]

2009 - Car-Bombing / Kabul, Afghanistan - October 9th, 2009: "17 killed [76 wounded] in bombing [Kabul, Afghanistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 10/09/09]

2009 - Trivia / Israeli War Crimes Debate - October 9th, 2009: "Palestinian leaders shifted course and endorsed a U.N. Security Council debate next week over a U.N. report accusing Israel of potential war crimes in Gaza." [Based on: News Services article (Palestinians endorse debate), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 10/09/09]

2009 - Nobel Peace Prize / Barack Obama - October 9th, 2009: Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama.

2009 - Chronic Fatigue &Prostate Cancer Connection? - October 9th, 2009: "A virus linked to prostate cancer was tied to chronic fatigue syndrome. Blood from 101 patients was tested; two-thirds was found to carry the virus, research published in the journal Science said." [Based on: News Services article (Chronic fatigue virus found), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 10/09/09]

2009 - Alberici Contract / Shaw AREVA MOX Services LLC - October 9th, 2009: "Alberici Constructors Inc. of St. Louis will help build a $4.86 billion plant ['on a government site in Aiken, S.C.'] to convert surplus weapon-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear power plants." [Based on: article (Alberici gets $44 million contract) by Tim Bryant, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 10/09/09]

2009 - Moon probe goes splat - October 10th, 2009: "Moon probe goes splat [10/09/09] / Plume of debris fails to materialize, but officials say it will take time to study data, determine whether water is below surface." [Based on: Title for Orlando Sentinel article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 10th, 2009: "The stock market is keeping its momentum going, giving shares their best week in months. Moderate gains led by health care and utility stocks pushed major indexes to their best weekly performance since July. The S&P 500 index rose 6.01, or 0.6 percent, to 1,071.49." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/10/09]

2009 - Moon probe goes splat - October 10th, 2009: "Mudslides caused by typhoon [Parma] kill at least 160 in Philippines" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/10/09]

2009 - Bomb Blast / Pakistan - October 10th, 2009: "Blast kills 49 in Pakistan [10/09/09], 9 of them children" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 10/10/09]

*Trivia: "Taliban claim [10/12/09] responsibility for attack in Pakistan" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Congress wants photos blocked - October 11th, 2009: "Congress is set to allow the Pentagon to keep new pictures of foreign detainees abused by their U.S. captors from the public, a move intended to end a legal fight over the photographs' release that has reached the Supreme Court." [Based on: News Services article (Congress wants photos blocked), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 10/11/09]

2009 - Protestors / Manchester, England - October 11th, 2009: "Police in fluorescent jackets stood between 2,000 anti-Islam protestors and counterdemonstrators in Manchester, England, arresting 48 people in a bid to keep the peace." [Based on: News Services article (Protests in England), p. A24, S.L.P.D., 10/11/09]

2009 - Food Safety / U.S.A. - October 12th, 2009: "Food safety questioned / Critics [The center for Science in the Public Interest] say outbreaks of food-borne illness show FDA reliance on industry self-regulation isn't enough to protect consumers." [Based on: Title for article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/12/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Turkey - October 12th, 2009: "A multinational air force exercise that was supposed to take place in Turkey starting today has been postponed indefinitely after the Turks asked Israel not to participate, officials said Sunday [10/11/09]. Diplomatic relations between the two allies have erroded, particularly since Israel's three week military offensive in Gaza last winter in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians died." [Based on: News Services article (Military drills canceled in Turkey), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Mauritius - Reunion Region - October 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:15:46 (UTC) on Monday, October 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 [Preliminary magnitude] event [Location: 17.200°S, 66.602°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mraf.php]-[T.D. - 10/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - October 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:37:17 (UTC) on Monday, October 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 [Preliminary magnitude] event [Location: 12.393°S, 166.533°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mrat.php]-[T.D. - 10/12/09]

2009 - Netherlands Fireball - October 13th, 2009: "A fireball as bright as the full Moon startled observers in the Netherlands on Oct. 13th when it raced across the evening twilight sky. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=14&month=10&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 13th, 2009: "Investors waiting for earnings reports to flow in traded cautiously, giving up early gains and leaving the market narrowly mixed. The Dow reached a new 2009 trading high, edging closer to 10,000. The S&P 500 index rose 4.70, or 0.4 percent, to 1,076.19." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Pakistan - October 13th, 2009: "Car bomb [10/12/09] kills 41 [Shangla district]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Nobel Prize in Economics - October 13th, 2009: "2 Americans [Elinor Ostrom & Oliver Willamson] win [Nobel Prize] in economics" [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Netanyahu: No war crime trial - October 13th, 2009: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday [10/12/09] vowed never to allow that country's leaders or soldiers to stand trial on war crimes charges over their actions during last winter's military offensive in the Gaza Strip, furiously denouncing a U.N. report in a keynote address to parliament." [Based on: News Services article (Netanyahu: No war crime trial), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Missle Tests / North Korea - October 13th, 2009: "North Korea launches more missles ['test-launched five short-range missles' - 10/12/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Expanding List? / Agent Orange Maladies - October 13th, 2009: "Under rules to be proposed this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to add Parkinson's disease, ischemic heart disease and hairy-cell leukemia to the growing list of illnesses presumed to have been caused by Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant used widely in Vietnam. [....] The new policy will apply to some 2.1 million veterans who set foot in Vietnam during the war, including those who came after the military stopped using Agent Orange in 1970. It will not apply to sailors on deepwater ships, though the department plans to study the effects of Agent Orange on the Navy. [NP] Agent Orange, named after the color-coded band on the storage drums, was the most common herbicide used in Vietnam to clear jungle canopy and destroy crops. It contained one of the most toxic forms of dioxin, which has since been linked to some cancers. [....] The veterans department already recognizes more than a dozen conditions as being presumptively connected to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, including Hodgkin's disease, prostate cancer and Type 2 diabetes. [....] Aids said Shinseki's decision was influenced by a report released in July from the Institute of Medicine that found 'limited or suggestive evidence' of an association between exposure to herbicides and an increased chance of Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease in Vietnam veterans. The report also found 'sufficient evidence,' a stronger category, of an association between herbicides and hairy-cell leukemia. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Veterans Affairs to expand list of Agent Orange maladies / Action will smooth way for claims by Vietnam vets.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Civil Fine / Citigroup Global Markets Inc. - October 13th, 2009: "Citigroup is fined [$600,000 - 'to settle charges that it failed to supervise complex stock-trading strategies aimed at reducing the bank's potential tax bill.']" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/13/09]

2009 - Volcanic Activity / Soufrière Hills Volcano - October 13th, 2009: "The Soufrière Hills, a volcano on the island of Montserrat, in the Lesser Antilles island chain in the Caribbean Sea, has been active since 1995. The most recent eruptive phase of the volcano began with a short swarm of volcano-tectonic earthquakes—earthquakes thought to be caused by movement of magma beneath a volcano—on October 4, 2009, followed by a series of ash-venting events that have continued through October 13, 2009. These venting events create plumes that can deposit ash at significant distances from the volcano. In addition to ash plumes, pyroclastic flows and lava dome growth have been reported as part of the current eruptive activity. [....]" [Based on: http://geology.com/nasa/montserrat-volcano/] - [T.D. - 10/24/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - October 13th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:37:22 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 52.959°N, 167.039°W; Depth 18 km (11.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009msas.php]-[T.D. - 10/15/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Halmahera, Indonesia - October 13th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:38:05 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 2.938°N, 128.219°E; Depth 32 km (19.9 miles) set by location program] was located @ HALMAHERA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009msbl.php]-[T.D. - 10/15/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - October 13th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:21:55 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 52.657°N, 167.210°W; Depth 22.7 km (14.1 miles)] was located @ FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mscj.php]-[T.D. - 10/15/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 14th, 2009: "Investors grew cautious after quarterly sales from Johnson & Johnson fell short of expectations and an influential analyst warned that bank shares are overheated. Most stocks posted losses. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3.00, or 0.3 percent, to 1,073.19." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/14/09]

2009 - Settlement / AT&T Missouri - October 14th, 2009: "AT&T Missouri to pay $1.4 million to settle suit ['civil suit that accused the company of violating competitive-bidding rules and cheating a program [called E-Rate] that subsidizes connecting schools to the Internet']" [Based on: Article title, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/14/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Iran - October 14th, 2009: "Russia rejects sanctions / Clinton gets cool reception in talks on Iran's nuclear program." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 10/14/09]

2009 - Bloomberg LP / BusinessWeek Magazine - October 14th, 2009: "Bloomberg agrees to buy business magazine [BusinessWeek Magazine] / BusinessWeek has 4.8 million readers." [Based on: Title for Market Watch article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/14/09]

2009 - Released / 2007 EPA Global Warming E-Mail - October 14th, 2009: "EPA e-mail [12/05/07] detailed dangers of global warming [released - 10/13/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Dina Cappiello, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/14/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Samoa Islands Region - October 14th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:00:22 (UTC) on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 14.945°S, 174.806°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)] set by location program] was located @ SAMOA ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mtbr.php]-[T.D. - 10/15/09]

2009 - Trivia / AIG Probe - October 15th, 2009: "Watchdog [Neil Barofsky] points finger at Geithner in AIG probe / Treasury secretary is called 'ultimately responsible' for regulators' failure in case." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/15/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream? - October 15th, 2009: "A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on or about Oct. 15th. Credit: SOHO Extreme UV Telescope"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=14&month=10&year=2009]

2009 - Biology of Happiness? - October 15th, 2009: "Eastern philosophy guru Deepak Chopra says he has one way to reform our sorry state of health care: by reconnecting with our spiritual side. [....] In a phone interview, Chopra said that what we think and how we feel physically change our brains and bodies. He pointed to research on neuropeptides, which are protein-like molocules used by brain cells to communicate information to one another. [NP] Thinking a thought or feeling an emotion, he said, causes a synapse to fire neuropeptides not just to other brain cells, but to cells throughout the body including the immune system. Once a cell receives a neuropeptide, he added, its information changes that cell down to the genetic level. [NP] 'Now we're starting to see that how you behave, how you think, your personal relationships, social interactions, environment, diet, stress levels, they all modulate the activities of your genes,' he said. 'So what you think can change your genes and the structure of your brain.' [....] Chopra is a medically trained endocrinologist and former chief of staff at New England Memorial Hospital during the 1970s. He said he quit traditional medicine because 'we were acting like legalized drug pushers and prolonging suffering.' [....]" [Based on: Article (Eastern philosopher stresses the biology of happiness / Deepak Chopra says what we think and how we feel physically change our brains and bodies.) by Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, pp. B1 & B3, S.L.P.D., 10/15/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 15th, 2009: "The Dow Jones industrial average is back above 10,000 for the first time in a year. The Dow crossed five figures seven months after it hit a 12-year low of 6,547.05 on March 9. The comeback is the most visible sign yet that investors believe the economy is recovering." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/15/09]

2009 - More Attacks / Pakistan - October 15th, 2009: "More attacks in Pakistan / Gunman invade federal building [Lahore]; eight die in attack on police station ['on the outskirts of Lahore']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/15/09]

2009 - Forclosure Trivia / St. Louis, Mo. - October 15th, 2009: "Foreclosures jump 18 pct. ['in September in the St. Louis region']" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire reports article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/15/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Papua, Indonesia - October 15th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:11:18 (UTC) on Thursday, October 15th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 3.042°S, 139.498°E; Depth 116.6 km (72.5 miles)] was located @ PAPUA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009muca.php]-[T.D. - 10/15/09]

2009 - Growing in Numbers / Taliban Fighters - October 15th, 2009: "Taliban fighters are growing in numbers / New estimate is that there are at least 25,000 full-time insurgent fighters in Afghanistan, official ['who requested anonymity because the assessment is classified'] says." [Based on: Title for Seattle Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/15/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Galapagos Triple Junction Region - October 15th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:48:22 (UTC) on Thursday, October 15th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 3.249°N, 103.831°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ GALAPAGOS TRIPLE JUNCTION REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mucp.php]-[T.D. - 10/17/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 16th, 2009: "A late-day surge left stocks with modest advances as a jump in the price of oil lifted energy companies and offset weakness in bank shares. The gains came a day after the Dow rose above the 10,000 level for the first time in a year. The Dow tacked on 47 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 10/16/09]

2009 - Lost Greek City / Pavlopetri -

The secrets of a lost city that may have inspired one of the world's most enduring myths – the fable of Atlantis – have been brought to light from beneath the waters off southern Greece.

Explored by an Anglo-Greek team of archaeologists and marine geologists and known as Pavlopetri, the sunken settlement dates back some 5,000 years to the time of Homer's heroes and in terms of size and wealth of detail is unprecedented, experts say.

"There is now no doubt that this is the oldest submerged town in the world," said Dr Jon Henderson, associate professor of underwater archaeology at the University of Nottingham. "It has remains dating from 2800 to 1200 BC, long before the glory days of classical Greece. There are older sunken sites in the world but none can be considered to be planned towns such as this, which is why it is unique."

The site, which straddles 30,000 square meters of ocean floor off the southern Peloponnese, is believed to have been consumed by the sea around 1000 BC. Although discovered by a British oceanographer some 40 years ago, it was only this year that marine archaeologists, aided by digital technology, were able to properly survey the ruins.

What they found surpassed all expectations. Thanks to shifting sands and the settlement's enclosure in a protected bay, the exploration revealed a world of buildings, courtyards, main streets, rock-cut tombs and religious structures. In addition, the seabed was replete with thousands of shards of pottery.

"We found ceramics dating back to the end of the stone age, which suggested that the settlement was occupied some 5,000 years ago, at least 1,200 years earlier than originally thought," said Henderson, who co-directed the underwater survey.

"Our investigations also revealed over 9,000 square meters of new buildings. But what really took us by surprise was the discovery of a possible megaron, a monumental structure with a large rectangular hall, which also suggests that the town had been used by an elite, and automatically raised the status of the settlement."

More than any other underwater site so far, the find offers potential insights into the workings of Mycenaean society.

"It is significant because as a submerged site it was never reoccupied," said Elias Spondylis, who co-directed the survey as the head of Greece's underwater antiquities department. "As such it represents a frozen moment of the past."

Marine geologists have yet to work out why the settlement sank. Theories include sea level changes, ground subsidence as the result of earthquakes, or a tsunami.

"It is very likely a combination of the first two," said Dimitris Sakellariou, at the Greek Institute of Oceanography. "As the world's oldest submerged city it is truly amazing. It not only shows how people lived at the time is also of great interest to natural scientists because the waters around it are so shallow."

Locals in the nearby town of Neapolis are delighted. "Older generations always knew something was there but we had no idea about the extent of it," said Neapolis's mayor, Yiannis Kousoulis.

It is the first time a sunken city has been found in Greece that predates the time that Plato wrote his allegorical tale of the sunken continent of Atlantis.

"Atlantis was a myth but it is a myth that keeps underwater exploration going," said Sakellariou. "Less than 1% of the world's ocean floors have ever been surveyed. This is an extraordinary find but there is still a lot more down there that has to be found."

[Based on: Guardian News article (Lost Greek city that may have inspired Atlantis myth gives up secrets) by Helena Smith in Athens guardian.co.uk, Friday 16 October 2009 19.49 BST]

*Link: http://www.archaeologynews.org/story.asp?ID=513760&Title=Lost Greek city may have inspired Atlantis myth

2009 - Typhoon Lupit / Western Pacific - October 16th, 2009: "Typhoon Lupit began on October 14, 2009, as a tropical depression over the Western Pacific. By October 16, the storm had strengthened to a typhoon. [....] Like Ketsana and Parma before it, Lupit was headed in the general direction of the Philippines. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40792]

2009 - Third-Quarter Profit / Google Inc. - October 16th, 2009: "Google Inc., for the third quarter, recorded its biggest profit yet. Google earned $1.64 billion, or $5.13 per share, a 27 percent increase from a year ago. revenue climbed 7 percent to $5.94 billion." [Based on: Wire Reports article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 10/16/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Sunda Strait, Indonesia - October 16th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:52:52 (UTC) on Friday, October 16th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 6.613°S, 105.182°E; Depth 50.6 km (31.4 miles] was located @ SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mucp.php]-[T.D. - 10/17/09]

2009 - Called Off / Iraqi Referendum on Troop Withdrawal - October 16th, 2009: "Iraqi referendum [to be held in January] on U.S. withdrawal of troops is called off" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/16/09]

2009 - Discovered / Giant Ribbon at Edge of Solar System - October 16th, 2009: "[....] NASA's IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) spacecraft has made the first all-sky map of the heliosphere and the results have taken researchers by surprise. The map is bisected by a bright, winding ribbon of unknown origin: [....]" [ Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=16&month=10&year=2009]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/15oct_ibex.htm

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 17th, 2009: "Stocks ended a strong week with a flash of selling after Bank of America and GE signaled that businesses and consumers are still struggling to pay off their debts. The Dow fell 67 points to close just below 10,000, which it had broken through on Wednesday." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/17/09]

2009 - Fatal I.E.D. / Afghanistan - October 17th, 2009: "Four U.S. soldiers are killed in Afghanistan after patrol vehicle hits explosive device [10/15/09]." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/17/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombers / Pakistan - October 17th, 2009: "Pakistani militants strike at police [Peshawar, Pakistan - 10/16/09 - 'killing at least 11 people']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/17/09]

2009 - "Systemic Failure" / DNR, Mo. - October 17th, 2009: "Nixon fires aide over report on lake [of the Ozarks] E. coli / He says investigation found 'systemic failure' in DNR's process of testing waterways [Mo.]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/17/09]

2009 - Federal Budget Deficit / U.S.A. - October 17th, 2009: "$1.4 trillion U.S. deficit ['for the fiscal year that just ended'] underscores challenges" [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Jackie Calmes, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/17/09]

2009 - Third-Quarter Loss / Bank of America - October 17th, 2009: "Bank of America reports a loss / The banking giant lost $2.2 billion in the third quarter as loan losses rise." [Based on: Title for AP BusinessWriter article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/17/09]

2009 - Earth-Directed Coronal Mass Ejection - October 17th, 2009: "On Saturday, Oct. 17th, starting around 18:24 UT, a spotless active region in the sun's southern hemisphere erupted, hurling a faint coronal mass ejection (CME) in the general direction of Earth. SOHO's extreme UV telescope recorded this movie of the blast. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on Oct. 19th or 20th when the CME arrives." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/17/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Iraqi Bridge - October 18th, 2009: "Suicide bomber blows up bridge [Outside Ramadi, Iraq -10/17/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/18/09]

2009 - Suicide Blast / Iran - October 19th, 2009: "Suicide blast kills dozens of Iranians ['five senior commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard and at least 37 others' - 10/18/09] / Militants take responsibility for attack in restive border region of country." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/19/09]

*Trivia: "Iran vows [10/19/09] reprisals after bombing ['accusing Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain of aiding Sunni militants'] " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

*Trivia: "Security Council condemns attacks in Iran" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/21/09]

2009 - Fined / Exxon Mobil - October 19th, 2009: "A federal jury on Monday found Exxon Mobil liable for contaminating groundwater in New York City and awarded the city $104.7 million in compensatory damages. [....] Dozens of similar cases are pending against oil companies nationwide over the contamination of groundwater by the additive M.T.B.E., which is highly soluble in water and has leaked from underground storage tanks across the country. [....] In 2003 the city sued 23 oil companies over M.T.B.E. contamination from fuel leaks from gas station storage tanks. It reached settlements totaling $15 million with all of the companies except for Exxon. [....]"

[Based on: Article (City Awarded $105 Million in Exxon Mobil Lawsuit) by MIREYA NAVARRO, Published: October 19, 2009]

*Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/science/earth/20exxon.html]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Botswana - October 19th, 2009: "Botswana's leading party ['which has been in power for more than four decades'] sweeps elections ['The commission announced Sunday that the Botswana Democratic Party had won 45 of the 57 parliamentary seats in Friday's vote']" [Based on: News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/19/09]

2009 - Slain Militants / Saudi Arabia - October 19th, 2009: "Slain militants [who sneaked into Saudi Arabia from Yemen - 09/13/09] were planning attack, Saudis say [09/18/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/19/09]

2009 - Motorcycle Bomb/ Azamiyah District, Iraq - October 19th, 2009: "Bomb ['attached to a motorcycle'] kills 5 near Baghdad cafe ['in a largely Sunni district' - 10/18/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/19/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Rick - October 20th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Rick hovered over the eastern Pacific Ocean, south of the southern tip of Baja California on October 20, 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40849]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 20th, 2009: "Investors are seeing earnings numbers that make them feel confident about stocks. The stock market stepped to new highs for the year after a handful of earnings reports bolstered hopes about the economy. The S&P 500 index rose 10.23, or 0.9 percent, to 1,097.91." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Election Fraud / Afghanistan - October 20th, 2009: "Afghan election fraud may prompt a runoff / U.N.-backed investigators throw out nearly a third of Karzai's votes." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Hidden Health Costs / Fossil Fuels - October 20th, 2009: "Generating electricity by burning coal is responsible for about half of an estimated $120 billion in yearly costs from early deaths and health damages to thousands of Americans from the use of fossil fuels, a federal advisory group [National Research Council] said Monday [10/19/09]. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (The hidden health costs of energy production / Report cites damaged health and early deaths as side effects in the use of fossil fuels.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Trivia / Medical Marijuana, U.S.A. - October 20th, 2009: "U.S. won't crack down on medical marijuana / Other issues have higher priorities, decision indicates." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - October 20th, 2009: "Pakistan reaches deal with 2 groups ['officials said Monday.'] / Tribal chiefs [Maulvi Nazir and Hafiz Gul Bahadur] agree to remain neutral as government pursues the Taliban" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Accused of Spying / U.S. Govt. Scientist - October 20th, 2009: "Government scientist [David Nozette] accused of spying ['arrested Monday']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Thimerosal Additive / Swine Flu Vaccine? - October 20th, 2009: "Vaccine glitch for pregnant women / States' bans on additive ['the mercury-based additive thimerosal'] in swine flu inoculations are slowing distribution." [Based on: Title for Aarticle by Blythe Bernhard, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Uruguay court rules out dirty war amnesty - October 20th, 2009: "Uruguay court [Supreme Court] rules out dirty war amnesty [10/19/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Discovered / New Planets Outside Solar System - October 20th, 2009: "Discovery of new planets creates buzz on Earth / European astronomers [using the European Southern Observatory] find 32 outside our solar system 'the number ... now stands at more than 400.']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/20/09]

2009 - Poem - October 21st, 2009: "Conceived this date in history [10/21/09]. The poem: In Animate Breath [1st on page], by Etznab Mathers, a.k.a. D.R.D."

2009 - Hurricane Neki - October 21st, 2009: "Neki formed as a tropical depression over the Pacific Ocean on October 18, 2009. The storm had strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane by the time the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image [see link]. Acquired at 11:45 a.m. Hawaiian time (21:45 UTC) on October 21, 2009, this image shows the massive storm swirling over the Pacific Ocean, roughly 640 nautical miles (1,180 kilometers) west-southwest of the big island of Hawaii. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40872]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 21st, 2009: "A disappearing report on housing starts made investors nervous about the economy and sent stocks lower even as profits at many companies exceed expectations. Stocks dropped from 2009 highs. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 6.85, or 0.6 percent, to 1,091.06." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/21/09]

2009 - Cancer from Nuclear Fallout? / U.S.A. - October 21st, 2009: "[....] The new research was spurred by the 2001 reappearance of 85,000 teeth that had been donated for the 1960s study, which was conducted by Washington University [Mo.] scientists. The teeth were found in an old bunker at the university's Tyson Research Center, where they had been stuffed into envelopes that included information about the donors, one of whom was Edward Ketterer ['he passed away in 2006 at the age of 47'] [....] Washington University scientists analyzed most of the teeth for strontium-90, which was created by the bomb blasts and absorbed by the teeth and bones of infants. [NP] They suspected that the children were exposed by drinking milk from cows and goats that grazed on grass contanimated by fallout. They called it the 'milk pathway.' [NP] The study concluded that St. Louis children born in 1964 had about 50 times more strontium-90 in their baby teeth than those born in 1950, before the start of atomic testing in Nevada. [....] Of the healthy donors, levels of strontium-90 were insignificant, the research shows. But the donors who died of cancer had about 122 percent more of the isotope in their teeth than the healthy donors. [....]" [Based on: Article (WU baby teeth study's findings are confirmed in new research / Men who got cancer had high level of radioactive isotope) by Kim McGuire, pp. A1 & A4, S.L.P.D., 10/21/09]

2009 - Pilots Miss Airport? / Minneapolis, MN - October 21st, 2009: "Two Northwestern Airlines pilots failed to make radio contact with ground controllers for more than an hour and overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles Wednesday [10/21/09] before becoming aware of the mistake and turning around. [NP] The Federal Aviation Administration said the crew [flight 188] told authorities they became distracted during a heated discussion over airline policy and lost track of their location, but federal officials are investigating whether pilot fatigue might also have played a role." [Based on: News Services article (Pilots overshot destination), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

*Trivia: "Pilots explain 150-mile error / They said they were on their laptops, not paying heed to radio, instruments, reports safety board [10/26/09]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

*Trivia: "FAA revokes licenses of wayward Northwest pilots [10/27/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/28/09]

*Trivia: "Pilots were on wrong frequency / They overshot Minneapolis airport by at least 100 miles." [Based on: Title for Star Tribune (Minneapolis) article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/17/09]

2009 - Move to Proect Forest / South America - October 21st, 2009: "South American countries [Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay] move ['announced a plan 10/20/09] to protect forest [over 1 million hectares (3,860 square miles)]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/21/09]

2009 - University Bombing / Islamabad, Pakistan - October 21st, 2009: "Suicide bombers [10/20/09] kill six ['wounded more than 20'] at universities ['at an Islamic university in Islamabad, Pakistan']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/21/09]

*Trivia: "Schools across Pakistan are closed [10/21/09] in wake of attack" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/22/09]

2009 - Profit Plummet / Peabody Energy Corp. - October 21st, 2009: "Peabody Energy Corp.'s third-quarter profit fell 71 percent on lower U.S. coal output and higher operating costs. [....]" [Based on: Article (Peabody profit plummets), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/21/09]

2009 - Gardasil for Boys? - October 22nd, 2009: "Vaccine [Gardasil] against virus in girls may be given to boys" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/22/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 22nd, 2009: "Spooked traders unraveled a stock market rally late Wednesday [10/21/09] as worries mounted about banks and a jump in the price of oil. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 92 points after having risen earlier in the day to a new high for the year." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/22/09]

2009 - Geomagnetic Activity - October 22nd, 2009: "A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth's magnetic field at the end of the UT day on Oct. 21st, sparking a mild geomagnetic storm and Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/22/09]

*Trivia: "SPACE WEATHER - Current conditions: Solar wind speed: 382.5 km/sec / density: 5.8 protons/cm3" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/22/09 - 6:20 p.m. C.S.T.]

2009 - New ACORN Video - October 22nd, 2009: "New video ['released on Wednesday - 10/21/09] targets ACORN / Filmmakers posed as prostitute, boyfriend at Philadelphia office" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/22/09]

2009 - Rape Victim Recants Story - October 22nd, 2009: "Woman [Megan Williams] recants story of attack [2007] at trailer in West Virginia ['Her attorney said she had made up the story to get revenge on a boyfriend who had beaten her.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 10/22/09]

*Trivia: " 'Victim' has changed her story before, caretaker [Valencia Daniels] says [10/22/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Iran - October 22nd, 2009: "Iran agrees to draft on exporting nuclear fuel [to Russia]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 10/22/09]

2009 - Boston-area man charged in terror plot - October 22nd, 2009: "Boston-area man [Tarek Mehanna] charged [10/21/09] in terror plot ['consoiracy to provide material support to terrorists'] / He allegedly conspired with at least two others to kill U.S. politicians, attack malls." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/22/09]

10.2 Billion - Galaxy Cluster JKCS041 - October 22nd, 2009: "The most distant galaxy cluster yet has been discovered by combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical and infrared telescopes. The cluster is located about 10.2 billion light years away, and is observed as it was when the Universe was only about a quarter of its present age. [NP] The galaxy cluster, known as JKCS041, beats the previous record holder by about a billion light years. Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound objects in the Universe. Finding such a large structure at this very early epoch can reveal important information about how the Universe evolved at this crucial stage. [NP] JKCS041 is found at the cusp of when scientists think galaxy clusters can exist in the early Universe based on how long it should take for them to assemble. Therefore, studying its characteristics - such as composition, mass, and temperature - will reveal more about how the Universe took shape. [....] [Based on: chandra.harvard.edu article (Galaxy Cluster Smashes Distance Record) - For Release: October 22, 2009]

[Based on: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/09_releases/press_102209.html]
*Links: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008arXiv0812.1699A

              http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread640879/pg1

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan - October 22nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:51:29 (UTC) on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 36.471°N, 70.925°E; Depth 196.5 km (122.1 miles)] was located @ HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nbbf.php]-[T.D. - 10/22/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1029 - October 23rd, 2009: "A new sunspot numbered 1029 is emerging in the sun's northern hemisphere. Magnetic maps of the spot identify it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. Readers with solar telescopes, now is the time to see sunspot genesis in action. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/23/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 23rd, 2009: "Investors emcouraged by a good batch of earnings reports and forecasts jumped back into stocks after a two-day slide. Stocks posted big gains after Wal-Mart said it expects sales to grow this year and increase at a faster pace next year. The Dow jumped 132 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - U.S. Drug Bust / La Familia - October 23rd, 2009: "10 in area [St. Louis] among hundreds arrested in U.S. drug bust ['Mexican drug operations in the U.S.']" [Based on: Staff & Wire article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - Global Warming Poll / U.S.A. - October 23rd, 2009: "More Americans casting doubt on global warming, poll finds [''a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Dina Cappiello, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - Windows 7 / Microsoft Corp. - October 23rd, 2009: "Microsoft launch turns the page on Vista [10/22/09] / Company hopes Windows 7 will clean up its image, reinvigorate sales of PCs amid opening of its first store." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B8, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - Eckankar Worldwide Seminar - "2009 ECKANKAR Worldwide Seminar / The Year of Creativity - October 23 - 25, 2009 " [Based on: http://www.eck-wa.org/EKSeminars.asp] - [T.D. - 10/30/09]

2009 - Insurgent Attack Somali Airport - October 23rd, 2009: "Insurgents attack Somali airport [10/22/09]" [Based on: Title for Wire reports article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Northern Pakistan - October 23rd, 2009: "Suicide bomber kills seven in Pakistan ['near the Kamra aeronautical complex']" [Based on: Title for Wire reports article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - October 23rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:14:13 (UTC) on Friday, October 23rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 12.210°S, 166.065°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009ncbe.php]-[T.D. - 10/25/09]

2009 - Executive Compensation Halved / Seven U.S. Companies - October 23rd, 2009: "Top execs' pay slashed; Fed will police bank policies" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/23/09]

2009 - Sun in Scorpio - October 24th, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Scorpio." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200910.html]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - October 24th, 2009: "A solar wind stream hit Earth on Oct. 24th and sparked geomagnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. 'The auroras were extremely active with fast-moving curtains of green, blue and red,' reports Niels Giroud of Mo i Rana, Norway, who recorded the scene using a Nikon D200: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/26/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 24th, 2009: "Investors dumped stocks and locked in profits after the glow of a week full of strong earnings reports faded. The retreat came as forecasts from railroads stirred unease about the economy and a rising dollar pushed commodities prices lower. The Dow fell 109 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/24/09]

2009 - Bank Closures / U.S.A. - October 24th, 2009: "Regulators shut down more banks ['Bank closures for the year hit 106 on Friday' - 10/23/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/24/09]

2009 - Oil Prices Jump / U.S.A. - October 24th, 2009: "Oil prices jump 25 percent ['in less than a month'] / Weakening dollar is blamed for the surge." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/24/09]

2009 - Settlement / Eli Lilly & Co. - October 24th, 2009: "Eli Lilly settles with South Carolina ['$45 million settlement ... over the company's marketing of an anti-psychotic drug' - Zyprexa]" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/24/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Banda Sea - October 24th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:40:44 (UTC) on Saturday, October 24th, 2009. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 6.136°S, 130.384°E; Depth 134.2 km (83.4 miles) set by location program] was located @ BANDA SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009ndan.php]-[T.D. - 10/26/09]

2009 - U.S. Missle Strike? / Bajaur, Pakistan - October 25th, 2009: "At least 12 people were killed by a suspected U.S. missle [that missed Taliban commander, Maulvi Faqir Mohammad who left the building 10 minutes earlier] fired from a drone in northwestern Pakistan [Bajaur]" [Based on: News Services article (U.S. missle strike just misses Taliban leader), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/25/09]

2009 - White House war with Fox News escalates - October 25th, 2009: "White House war with Fox News escalates / Clandestine meeting between top Obama aide [David Axelrod], network chief [Roger Ailes] leads to incidents including attempted exclusion of Fox from interviews." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 10/25/09]

2009 - Captured Taliban Stronghold / Kotkai, Pakistan - October 25th, 2009: "Pakistani army says [10/24/09] it has captured Taliban stronghold [Kotkai]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 10/25/09]

2009 - Deadly Bombings / Iraq - October 26th, 2009: "2 blasts ['Two suicide car bombings on Sunday' - 10/25/09] renew concern over Iraq / Security issues arise again as at least 147 are killed ['At least 721 people were wounded'] as U.S. prepares to withdraw." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Rebecca Santana, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/26/09]

2009 - Outburst at Jerusalem shrine - October 26th, 2009: "Israeli police firing stun grenades faced off Sunday [10/25/09] against masked Palestinian protesters hurling stones and plastic chairs outside the Holy Land's most volatile shrine [Al-Aqsa mosque], where past violence has escalated into prolonged conflict. [....] Sunday's disturbances were rooted in calls from Muslim leaders for their followers to protect the Islamic sites from what they said were Israeli plots to damage them or let Jews pray in the compound. There was no evidence to support either claim. [NP] Palestinians are also angry about stalled peace talks and ongoing Israeli construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, areas they want for a future state. [NP] Stoking tension, a group of hard-line settlers and rabbis met in Jerusalem Sunday evening calling on Jews to pray at the site. Most rabbis, however, say the place is so holy that Jews should not even set foot there. Police allow only Muslims to worship in the compound and say that practice will be enforced. [NP] Israel has controlled the site since 1967 but has left day-to-day administration in the hands of a Muslim clerical body, the Waqf. Israelis and tourists are allowed to visit at certain times. [NP] The Jerusalem holy site is a hot-button issue for Muslims worldwide, and the Palestinian condemnation was quickly taken up abroad. The head of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference warned that any provocative act by Israel 'would bear grave consequences,' while the Arab League called on the U.N. to 'stop the Israeli aggressions.' Egypt urged Israel to refrain from actions with 'negative repercussions' for the region. [NP] The islamic militant Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, called on Palestinians to rise up against Israel and urged Arab countries that have ties to Israel to sever them. [....] The disputing claims to the man-made platform in Jerusalem's Old City lie at the heart of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It is revered as the holiest site in Judaism, home to two biblical Temples, and Jews pray at the foot of the compound at the Western Wall. [NP] In the Islamic tradition, it is the place where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven in a nightime journey recounted in the Quran, and is considered the third-holiest site after the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina." [Based on: A.P. article (Outburst at Jerusalem shrine / 18 Palestinian protesters are arrested after confrontation with Israeli police.) by Matti Friedman, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/26/09]

2009 - Mystery Object / Earth Orbit - October 26th, 2009: "Yesterday, astronomers in Arizona, New Mexico and Spain, all hunting for near-Earth asteroids, discovered a 'mystery object' orbiting Earth. Temporarily named '9U01FF6,' it is small and in an elongated, 31-day orbit. Experts say it is probably a piece of an Apollo-era Moon mission. We'll get a closer look on Oct. 29th when it zips past Earth about 82,000 km (0.2 lunar distances) away. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/27/09] 

2009 - Found Dead / Madoff Associate - October 26th, 2009: "Madoff associate [Jeffry Picower] is found dead [10/25/09] in pool at his home in Florida ['Picower was the former New York lawyer and accountant alleged to have extracted billions of dollars from the Bernard Madoff investment scheme.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/26/09]

*Trivia: "Madoff associate [Jeffry Picower, 67] had heart attack ['authorities said Monday.' - 10/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - U.N. Inspection / Iranian Nuclear Site - October 26th, 2009: "Iranian nuclear site gets U.N. inspection [10/25/09] / No results from visit are expected for days." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/26/09]

2009 - Executed / Nephew of Honduran President - October 26th, 2009: "Nephew [Enzo Micheletti] of Honduran interim president [President Roberto Micheletti] slain ['shot to death execution style' - 'police said Monday' - 10/26/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 27th, 2009: "A strengthening dollar and worries about an overheated market pounded stocks. Shares started the day higher but turned sharply lower at midmorning as interest rates rose and the dollar rebounded. The Dow Jones industrials fell 104.22, or 1.1 percent, to 9,867.96." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Mirinae - October 27th, 2009: "On October 27, 2009, Tropical Storm Mirinae packed sustained winds of 45 knots (85 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 55 knots (100 kilometers per hour) as it hovered over the Pacific Ocean some 205 nautical miles (380 kilometers) northwest of Guam. The U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that the storm would strengthen to a typhoon while traveling in the general direction of the Philippines and Southeast Asia over the next several days. [....]"

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/40000/40928/mirinae_tmo_2009300_lrg.jpg

2009 - $600,000 Fine / Scottrade Inc. - October 27th, 2009: "Scottrade fined $600,000 [announced 10/26/09 - 'for allegedly inadequate money laundering controls to detect suspicious transactions.']" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - Operation Cross Country / U.S.A. - October 27th, 2009: "Federal officials announced Monday [10/26/09] that 52 children had been saved and nearly 700 people had been arrested and charged over the past three days in a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution. [....] To date, the initiative has rescued nearly 900 children, led to the conviction of 510 pimps, madams and their associates, and seized $3.1 million in assets, according to the FBI. [....] Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of runaways are lured into prostitution or pornography, according to research conducted by the Klaas Kids Foundation, a nonprofit group established to help find and rescue missing children. [NP] Between 1.6 million and 2.8 million children each year run away in the U.S., according to the foundation." [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (700 charged in child prostitution crackdown / Investigation was spread across 36 cities nationally and led to 52 children being rescued.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - Helicopter Crashes / Afghanistan - October 27th, 2009: "Crashes in Afghanistan fatal to 14 Americans / Copter goes down, 2 others collide in deadliest day in four years [10/26/09]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - Retainted Sites / Herculaneum, Mo. - October 27th, 2009: "EPA finds retainted sites near smelter [Herculaneum, Mo.] / Agency - More than 100 tracts show high lead levels. / Doe Run - Sample averaging brings number down to 29." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - Forced from Post / U.S. Auditor - October 27th, 2009: "Defense dept. top auditor [April Stephenson] forced from post [10/26/09 - 'following sharp criticism from lawmakers over failure to hold defense contractors accountable for overcharges and poor performance.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - C-Class Solar Flares / Sunspot 1029 - October 27th, 2009: "By unleashing six C-class solar flares in the past 48 hours, sunspot 1029 has become the most active sunspot of the year so far. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/27/09] 

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Drake Passage - October 27th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:04:47 (UTC) on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 59.975°S, 65.200°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ DRAKE PASSAGE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009ngac.php]-[T.D. - 10/27/09]

2009 - Discontinued / K-HITS Morning Talk Show, St. Louis, Mo. - October 27th, 2009: "St. Louis radio personality J.C. Corcoran is out as morning show host at classic rock station K-HITS 96. Station management announced Monday [10/26/09] that the deejay had been fired to save money and boost ratings. [....] The station also fired longtime station personalities Katy Kruze and Carl 'the intern' Middleman. [....] 'The Showgram,' K-HITS' morning talk show, will be discontinued and replaced with an all-music format hosted by St. Louis radio veteran Rick Sanborn. John Ulett and Laurie Mac will remain as co-hosts. [....]" [Based on: Article (Corcoran is fired by K-Hits 96) by Diane Toroian Keaggy, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 10/27/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 28th, 2009: "Stocks mostly fell as mixed reports on home prices and consumer confidence gave investors little incentive to step into the market. The Dow Jones industrials rose 14.21, or 0.1 percent, to 9,882.17. The Nasdaq fell 25.76, or 1.2 percent, to 2,116.09." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/28/09]

2009 - Status / Sunspot 1029 - October 28th, 2009: "Sunspot 1029, the biggest and most active sunspot of 2009, continues to put on a good show. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/28/09]

*Trivia: SPACE WEATHER / Current conditions / Solar wind speed: 349.4 km/sec; density: 9.0 protons/cm3 / explanation | more data Updated: Today at 2354 UT

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/28/09 @ 7:30 p.m. C.S.T.]

2009 - Launch / Ares I-X Rocket - October 28th, 2009: "For the first time in 30 years, a new rocket has launched from the Kennedy Space Center. The Ares I-X, slated to replace the space shuttle in 2015, completed a successful 6-minute suborbital test flight that provided valuable data for designers of the space agency's next generation of space vehicles. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/28/09]

2009 - Third-Quarter Loss / U.S. Steel - October 28th, 2009: "U.S. Steel reported its third consecutive quarterly loss. [....]" [Based on: Article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/28/09]

2009 - CIA Payments? / Ahmed Wali Karzai - October 28th, 2009: "Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the CIA, according to current and former U.S. officials. [....] Some U.S. officials argue that the reliance on Ahmed Wali Karzai, the most powerful figure in a large area of southern Afghanistan where the Taliban are strongest, undermines the U.S. push to develop an effective central government." [Based on: New York Times article (CIA paying Karzai's brother, sources say), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/28/09]

2009 - Insurgent Attacks / Southern Afghanistan - October 28th, 2009: "8 U.S. troops die in Afghan blasts [10/27/09]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/28/09]

2009 - Fraud Conviction / Church of Scientology, France - October 28th, 2009: "The French branch of the Church of Scientology was convicted of fraud and fined nearly $900,000 on Tuesday [10/27/09] by a Paris court. The church said it would appeal. The case was brought by two former members who said they were pressed to sign up for expensive 'purification courses' and harassed to buy a variety of vitamins and other forms of pharmaceuticals, plus electronic tests to measure spiritual progress." [Based on: News Services article (Church of Scientology convicted of fraud), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/28/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Pakistan - October 29th, 2009: "Suspected militants exploded a car bomb in a market crowded with women and children Wednesday [10/28/09], killing 100 people and turning shops selling wedding dresses, toys and jewelry into a mass of burning debris and bodies. [....] Although no one claimed responsibility, the bomb appeared aimed at undercutting public and political support for an ongoing army offensive against militants close to the frontier and showing that the government was unable to keep its people safe. [....] Clinton [Hillary] was a few hours into her first visit to Pakistan as secretary of state when the Peshawar bomb exploded. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Car bomb in Pakistan is deadliest since '07 / Civilians were target, in apparent effort to undercut support for the government.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 10/29/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 29th, 2009: "Signs of a weaker housing market and a gloomier outlook on the economy gave investors more reasons to dump stocks. Major indexes fell after the government said new home sales dropped for the first time in five months. The Dow fell 119 points, or 1.2 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/29/09]

2009 - Status / Sunspot 1029 - October 29th, 2009: "After five days of non-stop growth (movie), sunspot 1029 has become the biggest active region of the year and a beautiful target for backyard solar telescopes. [....] The sunspot's large dark core is about the size of Earth, while the entire sunspot group stretches about 50,000 km from end to end. The behemoth has been crackling with magnetic activity, producing 10 C-class solar flares in the past few days. That more than triples the number of C-flares (3) previously detected in all of 2009. According to NOAA forecasters, there is a 5% chance of an even stronger M-class flare during the next 24 hours. Stay tuned for solar activity! [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/29/09]

2009 - Gay Rights Law / U.S.A.  - October 29th, 2009: "Obama signs federal gay rights law [10/28/09] / New law expands list of federal hate crimes, drops rule on victim's activity at time of assault." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 10/29/09]

2009 - Jobless Rate / St. Louis, Mo. - October 29th, 2009: "Jobless rate tops 10 percent [September] / At 10.2 percent, unemployment here [St. Louis] hits highest level since 1983." [Based on: Title for article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 10/29/09]

2009 - Third-Quarter Earnings / ConocoPhillips  - October 29th, 2009: "ConocoPhillips - Third quarter: $1.5 billion, or $1 a share, from $5.2 billion, or $3.39, a year ago. Revenue fell to $41.3 billion from $71.4 billion." [Based on: Article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 10/29/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan - October 29th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:44:31 (UTC) on Thursday, October 29th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 36.434°N, 70.731°E; Depth 205.6 km (127.8 miles)] was located @ HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009niba.php]-[T.D. - 10/29/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - October 30th, 2009: "On Oct. 30th, the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tilted south, an orientation that weakens our planet's magnetic defenses against solar wind. Indeed, solar wind poured into Earth's magnetosphere and sparked an early Halloween display over Alaska: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 10/30/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 30th, 2009: "Stocks logged their best day in three months as investors rushed into the market on word the economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter. The Dow Jones industrials rose 199.89, or 2.1 percent, to 9,962.58. It was the best day for the Dow since July 15." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 10/30/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Ali al-Marri - October 30th, 2009: "Al-Qaida agent [Ali al-Marri] gets 8-year prison term [10/29/09] / Sentence ['pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.'] is on top of six years Qatar native spemnt in U.S. custody without charges." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 10/30/09]

2009 - Islamic Leader Shot / Detroit, Mich. - October 30th, 2009: "FBI defends shooting [10/29/09] of Islamic leader [Luqman Ameen Abdullah] in Detroit" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/30/09]

2009 - House Passage / U.S. Health Care Bill - October 30th, 2009: "Health care bill clears milestone in House [10/29/09] / Democrats unveil measure aiming for near-universal coverage." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/30/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Ryukyu Islands, Japan - October 30th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:03:39 (UTC) on Friday, October 30th, 2009. The magnitude 6.8 event [Location: 29.192°N, 129.877°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009njal.php]-[T.D. - 10/29/09]

2009 - Third-Quarter Earnings / Exxon Mobil Corp. - October 30th, 2009: "Exxon Mobil Corp. said third-quarter earnings fell 68 percent. It earned $4.73 billion, or 98 cents a share, down from its all-time record of $14.83 billion, or $2.85, a year ago. Revenue fell to $82.3 billion." [Based on: Article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 10/30/09]

2009 - Shooter at Synagogue / Hollwood, California - October 30th, 2009: "Los Angeles police were searching for a gunman who escaped after wounding two men in the parking garage of a North Hollywood synagogue Thursday morning [10/29/09]." [Based on: News Services article (Police search for shooter at synagogue), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 10/30/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - October 31st, 2009: "Stocks tumbled Friday [10/30/09] as a drop in consumer spending fanned worries that the economic recovery won't be sustainable. Major stock indexes tumbled more than 2 percent, including the Dow Jones industrials, which gave back all of Thursday's 200-point gain." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/31/09]

2009 - Record Fine / BP PLC - October 31st, 2009: "BP gets record OSHA fine [10/30/09 - '$87 million ... for failing to correct safety hazards after a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers at its Texas City refinery.']" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/31/09]

2009 - Record Rain / St. Louis, Mo. - October 31st, 2009: "Rain swamps October / Wettest October on record [St. Louis, Mo.] got even wetter as weather front stalled." [Based on: Title for Front Page article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 10/31/09]

2009 - Typhoon Mirinae / Philippines - October 31st, 2009: "At 06:00 Universal Coordinated Time on October 30, 2009—an hour after this image was captured— [see link] the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported that Typhoon Mirinae had sustained winds of 85 knots (98 miles per hour) with gusts up to 105 knots (121 mph), making it the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simspon scale. It was heading west toward the Philippines at about 13 knots (15 mph); the storm was churning up 27-foot (8.2-meter) waves. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40954]

2009 - Third-Quarter Earnings / Chevron Corp. - October 31st, 2009: "Chevron Corp. reported a 51 percent drop in third-quarter profit on lower oil and natural gas prices .... [NP] The second-largest U.S. oil company by market value earned $3.83 billion, or $1.92 a share, down from $7.89 billion, or $3.85, a year ago. Revenue decreased 41 percent to $47 billion." [Based on: Local & Wire Reports article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/31/09]

2009 - Cheney told FBI he had no idea who leaked Plame's ID - October 31st, 2009: "Vice President Dick Cheney told the FBI that he had no idea who leaked to the news media that Valerie Plame, wife of a Bush critic, worked for the CIA. [NP] The FBI interview summary was released Friday [10/30/09] to a watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. In the interview whose participants included federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, Cheney told agents that he did not recall having a conversation with President George W. Bush." [Based on: News Services article (Cheney told FBI he had no idea who leaked Plame's ID), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/31/09]

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