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

  November 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - November 1st, 2009: "Sun [8 Scorpio], Moon [19 Aries], Mercury [6 Scorpio], Venus [21 Libra], Mars [7 Leo], Jupiter [17 Aquarius], Saturn [0 Libra], Uranus [23 Pisces R.], Neptune [23 Aquarius], Pluto [1 Capricorn], Chiron [21 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200911.html]

2009 - Bank Branches for Sale? / U.K. - November 1st, 2009: "UK to force banks to sell hundreds of branches ['as many as 700 branches in the next few years']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 11/01/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - November 2nd, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 Nov 2009 at 01:09:04 AM GMT is: $11,880,213,416,626.44. The estimated population of the United States is 307,210,054 so each citizen's share of this debt is $38,671.30. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.75 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. - 11/01/09]

2009 - Status / Middle East Peace Talks - November 1st, 2009: "Dealing a blow to the efforts of the administration of President Barack Obama to restart Middle East peace talks, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton failed Saturday [10/31/09] to persuade the Palestinian leader to accept an Israeli proposal that would slow but not stop the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. [NP] The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, insisted that Israel must halt all construction of housing units before broader negotiations could begin. He rebuffed an Israeli proposal - developed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and relayed by Clinton - to complete about 3,000 units and temporarily freeze other construction, the Palestinian spokesman, Saeb Erekat, said after the meeting." [Based on: News Services article (Palestinians reject Israeli proposal on settlements), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 11/01/09]

2009 - Roadside Bomb / Northwestern Pakistan - November 1st, 2009: "Pakistanis, Taliban inflict casualties [roadside bomb that killed seven paramilitary soldiers Saturday' - 10/31/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 11/01/09]

2009 - Decoded / Pig DNA - November 2nd, 2009: "Scientists decode DNA of pig, a research favorite" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/01/09]

2009 - Bomb Attacks / Iraq - November 2nd, 2009: "Bomb attacks [Iraq - 11/01/09 - 'which killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 50']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/02/09]

2009 - Bankruptcy Filing / CIT Group - November 2nd, 2009: "CIT files bankruptcy [Chapter 11 - 11/01/09] / Lender will restructure in effort to keep loans flowing to businesses." [Based on: A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/02/09]

2009 - Mysterious Haze / Galaxy Center - November 2nd, 2009: "In the latest episode of their continuing efforts to embrace and understand the dark side of creation, astronomers sifting data from a new satellite say they have discerned the existence of a mysterious haze of high-energy particles surrounding the center of the Milky Way galaxy. [....] At issue is the origin of a haze of gamma rays surrounding the center of our galaxy, which does not appear connected to any normal astrophysical cause but matches up with a puzzling cloud of radio waves, a 'microwave haze', discovered previously by NASA's WMAP satellite around the center. Both the gamma waves and the microwaves, Dobler [Gregory Dobler of the Kavil Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California] and his colleagues argue, could be caused by the same thing: a cloud of energetic electrons. [NP] The electrons could, in turn, be the result of decaying dark matter, but that, they said, is an argument they will make in a future paper. [....] The center of the galaxy, being the center of the local cosmos, is filled with all kinds of high-energy objects, like a giant black hole millions of times more massive than the sun. Cosmological calculations indicate that it should also be full of dark matter particles, whose clumps form the gravitational scaffolding for the thin film of visible matter in the universe." [Based on: New York Times article (Findings from galaxy's center / Scientists are intrigued by mysterious haze observed there.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/01/09]

2009 - Teen Suicides / Palo Alto, California - November 2nd, 2009: "Teen suicides sting town / Palo Alto, Calif., was developing a prevention program as the latest suicide, a teenager who walked in front of a commuter train, occurred." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 11/02/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / South of Tonga - November 2nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:47:13 (UTC) on Monday, November 2nd, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 24.124°S, 175.135°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTH OF TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nman.php]-[T.D. - 11/04/09]

2009 - Arrested / Jewish-American Extremist - November 2nd, 2009: "Israeli authorities have arrested a Jewish-American extremist suspected of carrying out a series of high-profile hate crimes, security officials said Sunday [11/01/09]. [NP] Police and Shin Bet security forces say Jack Teitel, 37, an ukltra-Orthodox Jewish West Bank settler, was behind the killing of two Arabs, the targeting of a peace activist and an attack on a breakaway Jewish sect over a period of 12 years. Jerusalem police commander Aharon Franco said Teitel immigrated to Israel from Florida, and that he grew up on U.S. military bases as the son of a dentist serving in the Marines." [Based on: News Services article (Israel arrests extremist in serial attacks), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/02/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - November 3rd, 2009: "Stocks ended higher but well off their best levels of the day as volatility continued to tug at the market. Stocks jumped early after strong reports on manufacturing but where fluctuating by the afternoon. The S&P 500 index rose 6.69, or 0.7 percent, to 1,042.88." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/03/09]

2009 - Militant Attacks / Pakistan - November 3rd, 2009: "Latest blasts in Pakistan [11/02/09] prompt U.N. to scale back its work there / Suicide attack kills 35 people in Rawalpindi; attack in Lehore wounds 7." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 11/03/09]

2009 - Stanley Acquisition / Black & Decker Corp. - November 3rd, 2009: "Stanley buys Black & Decker ['for about $3.5 billion']" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/03/09]

2009 - Erroneous Surgeries / Rhode Island Hospital - November 3rd, 2009: "Hospital [Rhode Island] is fined $150,000 for erroneous surgeries ['since 2007']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 11/03/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 4th, 2009: "Investors sidestepped some of their doubts about the economy and brought energy and industrial stocks as commodity prices rose. Stocks ended mostly higher. The Dow Jones industrials average slipped 18 points, while the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/04/09]

2009 - Trivia / Climate Change - November 4th, 2009: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Congress Tuesday [11/03/09] to take dramatic action to stop climate change, but the political difficulties were evident as Republicans boycotted a Senate committee meeting to consider changes to a climate change bill. [....]" [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (Merkel urges Congress to act on climate change), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 11/04/09]

*Trivia: "Inaction by U.S. cited as climate talks stall / Accord unlikely before 192-nation U.N. conference next month." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/06/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Egypt - November 4th, 2009: "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a hastily arranged stop in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday [11/03/09] to consult with leaders in the wake of comments she made that upset Arab leaders. Clinton was criticized by Arab leaders after hailing as 'unprecendented' on Oct. 31 a proposal from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to limit settlement expansion. On Tuesday she said the offer 'falls far short' of U.S. calls for a total settlement freeze." [Based on: News Services article (Clinton reassures Eygptian leaders), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/04/09]

2009 - Moderate Earthquake / Azores Islands Region - November 4th, 2009: "A moderate earthquake occurred at 18:41:44 (UTC) on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. The magnitude 5.9 event [Location: 36.120°N, 33.893°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ AZORES ISLANDS REGIONS."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009npbe.php]-[T.D. - 11/05/09]

2009 - World Series Champions / New York Yankees - November 4th, 2009: "The Yankees beat the Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 in New York on Wednesday night [11/04/09] for their 27th championship." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Yanks win series; it's Holliday time), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - American Soldiers Missing / Western Afghanistan - November 4th, 2009: "Two American soldiers disappeared Wednesday [11/04/09] in western Afghanistan after a routine resupply mission, and more than 25 NATO and Afghan security forces members were wounded during the search mission for them, the alliance said. Officials indicated it was unlikely the two missing had been taken captive." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. soldiers missing in Afghanistan), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 11/07/09]

2009 - Israel seizes ship - November 5th, 2009: "Israeli commandos seized a ship that defense officials said was carrying hundreds of tons of weapons from Iran bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas - the largest arms shipment Israel has ever commandeered." [Based on: News Services article (Israel seizes ship), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Ida - November 5th, 2009: "By midday November 5, 2009, Ida had weakened to a tropical storm but still brought the potential for heavy rainfall to Nicaragua, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41013]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 5th, 2009: "A late-day slump left stocks mixed as investors couldn't hold on to their optimism after the Fed gave an encouraging assessment of the economy. The Dow, up more than 150 points after the Fed described the economy as showing more signs of recovery, closed up 30." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 11/04/09]

2009 - SEC gets more power - November 5th, 2009: "The House Financial Services Committee voted to give federal regulators more power and money to police major players in the stock market, four months after Bernard Madoff was sentenced for the biggest investment scam in history. The 41-28 vote was the panel's latest move to try to rein in abuses on Wall Street." [Based on: News Services article (SEC gets more power), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - Upheaval in Paraguay - November 5th, 2009: "Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo fired his military chiefs a day after denying he had worries about a coup amid calls for his impeachment. Lugo named new commanders for the army, air force and navy without explaining his reasons." [Based on: News Services article (Upheaval in Paraguay), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - IRA dissidents getting help - November 5th, 2009: "Irish Republican Army dissidents are posing their greatest security threat in Northern Ireland since the province's peace accord 11 years ago - and are receiving help from a handful of IRA veterans in plottingand bomb attacks, an expert panel found." [Based on: News Services article (IRA dissidents getting help), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - Demonstrators Clash / Iran - November 5th, 2009: "Demonstrators clash in Iran [11/04/09] / Anti-government protestors disrupt state-sponsored anti-U.S. rally." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - Oldest American artefact unearthed - November 5th, 2009: "Archaeologists claim to have found the oldest known artefact in the Americas, a scraper-like tool in an Oregon cave that dates back 14,230 years. [NP] The tool shows that people were living in North America well before the widespread Clovis culture of 12,900 to 12,400 years ago, says archaeologist Dennis Jenkins of the University of Oregon in Eugene. [NP] Studies of sediment and radiocarbon dating showed the bone's age. Jenkins presented the finding late last month in a lecture at the University of Oregon. [....]"

[Based on: naturenews article (Oldest American artefact unearthed - Oregon caves yield evidence of continent's first inhabitants.) by Rex Dalton Published online 5 November 2009 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2009.1058]

*Link: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/091105/full/news.2009.1058.html?s=news_rss

2009 - Third-Term / Mayor Michael Bloomber, N.Y. - November 5th, 2009: "Mayor Michael Bloomberg pulled out a narrow re-election victory on Tuesday [11/03/09], as voters angry over his maneuver to undo the city's term limits law and his extravagant campaign spending provided an unexpected lift to his vastly underfinanced challenger, William Thompson Jr. [NP] With 99 percent of ther vote counted, unofficial returns showed Bloomberg with 51 percent and Thompson with 46 percent. [....] The billionaire mayor had poured $90 million of his own fortune into the race, a sum without equal in the history of municipal politics that give him a 14-1 advantage in campaign spending. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Bloomberg survives anger in NY / Mayor's campaign spending, term-limits move rile voters in near-upset.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - 23 with CIA convicted of kidnapping cleric - November 5th, 2009: "In a landmark ruling, an Italian judge on Wednesday [11/04/09] convicted a base chief for the CIA and 22 other American CIA operatives of kidnapping a Muslim cleric from the streets of Milan in 2003. [NP] The case was a huge symbolic victory for Italian prosecutors, who drew the first convictions involving the American practice of rendition, in which terrorism suspects are captured in one country and taken for questioning in another, often one more open to coercive interrogation techniques. [....] Judge Oscar Magi handed an eight-year sentence to Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA base chief in Milan, and five-year sentences to the 22 other Americans. Three of the other high-ranking Americans were given diplomatic immunity, including Jeffrey Castelli, a former CIA station chief in Rome. [....] All the Americans were tried in absentia and are considered fugitives. Through their court-appointed lawyers, they pleaded not guilty. [NP] Italian prosecutors had charged the Americans and seven members of the Italian military intelligence agency in the abduction of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, on Feb. 17, 2003. Prosecutors said he was snatched in broad daylight, flown from an American air base in Italy to a base in Germany and then on to Egypt, where he asserts that he was tortured." [Based on: New York Times article (23 with CIA convicted of kidnapping cleric / Case in Italy results in first convictions involving capture of terrorist suspects, moving them to other nation.) by Rachel Donadio, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - Fourth-Quarter Profit / Whole Foods Market Inc. - November 5th, 2009: "Whole Foods Market Inc. said sales and profit grew in the fourth quarter. The grocer earned $28.7 million, or 20 cents per share, up from $1.5 million, or 1 cent, a year ago. Sales hit $1.8 billion." [Based on: Staff & Wire reports article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 11/05/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Macquarie Island Region - November 5th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:43:21 (UTC) on Thursday, November 5th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 52.317°S, 160.755°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ MACQUARIE ISLAND REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nqat.php]-[T.D. - 11/05/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1030 - November 6th, 2009: "New sunspot 1030, shown here [see link] in a magnetic map from the US National Solar Observatory, poses no threat for strong solar flares."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 11/06/09]

2009 - Asateroid Near Miss - November 6th, 2009: "On Nov. 6th at 2132 UT, asteroid 2009 VA barely missed Earth when it flew just 14,000 km above the planet's surface. That's well inside the 'Clarke Belt' of geosynchronous satellites. If it had hit, the ~6-meter wide space rock would have disintegrated in the atmosphere as a spectacular fireball, causing no significant damage to the ground. 2009 VA was discovered just 15 hours before closest approach by astronomers working at the Catalina Sky Survey."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 11/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 6th, 2009: "A drop in unemployment claims and an upbest forecast from Cisco Systems gave investors a jolt of confidence a day before a key government report on jobs. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 200 points Thursday [11/05/09] to its first close above 10,000 in two weeks." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 11/06/09]

2009 - Rampage at Fort Hood - November 6th, 2009: "Rampage at Fort Hood [11/05/09] / Suspected gunman [Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan] is wounded, captured, expected to live after at least 12 are killed and 31 wounded or injured in attack; motive is unclear." [Based on: Title for Front Page article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/06/09]

2009 - Unemployment Rate / U.S.A. - November 6th, 2009: "Unemployment rate [October 2009] hits 10.2 percent / Obama signs $24 billion bill to extend benefits, incentives." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/06/09]

2009 - Polygamist Conviction / Texas Ranch - November 6th, 2009: "Conviction in polygamist case [Raymond Jessop - 11/05/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/06/09]

2009 - Explosion / Natural Gas Pipeline, Texas - November 6th, 2009: "Gas pipeline explodes ['in the Texas panhandle']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/06/09]

2009 - More Government Aid? / Fannie Mae - November 6th, 2009: "Fannie Mae is asking for an additional $15 billion in government aid after posting a big third-quarter loss of $19.76 billion, or $3.47 per share, compared with a loss of $29.41 billion, or $13 per share, a year ago." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 11/06/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1030 - November 7th, 2009: "Sunspot 1030, which emerged and quickly faded away three days ago [11/07/09], has re-formed [11/10/09]. Credit: SOHO/MDI"

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

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 7th, 2009: "Stock indexes advanced in light trading Friday [11/06/09] after the government said the nation's unemployment rate topped 10 percent in October for the first time since 1983, but also that the pace of job losses slowed. The Dow rose 17.46, or 0.2 percent, to 10,023.42." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/07/09]

2009 - Birther Issue Raised / U.S.A. - November 7th, 2009: "Birther issue raised [U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., says he wants the president to prove he is an American citizen.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 11/07/09]

2009 - Commissioned / USS New York - November 7th, 2009: "Navy assault ship, built with World Trade Center steel, is commissioned [11/07/09] in NYC" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/08/09]

2009 - Shooting Rampage / Orlando, Florida - November 7th, 2009: "Suspect [Jason Rodriguez] arrested in Florida rampage [11/06/09] / One person is dead, five are wounded at offices of suspect's former employer [Reynolds, Smith & Hill ... with offices on the eighth floor of the Gateway Center] in downtown Orlando." [Based on: Title for Orlando Sentinel article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/07/09]

2009 - Third-Quarter Earnings / Freddie Mac - November 7th, 2009: "Freddie Mac's losses narrowed to $6.3 billion in the third quarter, but the government-controlled mortgage finance company didn't need a federal cash infusion. Freddie Mac's quarterly loss works out to $1.94 per share and includes $1.3 billion in dividends paid to the Treasury Department. It compares with a loss of $25.3 billion, or $19.44 per share, a year ago." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/07/09]

2009 - House Passage / Health Care Reform Bill, U.S.A - November 7th, 2009: "House passes health care reform bill [11/07/09 - 220-215] / Thirty-nine Democrats voted against the health-care overhaul bill; one Republican voted for it." [Based on: Title for MarketWatch article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 11/08/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - November 8th, 2009: "High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras tonight. A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing magnetic storms around the poles: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 11/08/09]

*Trivia: "SPACE WEATHER Current conditions / Solar wind speed: 445.6 km/sec / density: 1.7 protons/cm3 / explanation | more data Updated: Today at 2134 UT" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 11/08/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Sumbawa Region, Indonesia - November 8th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:41:44 (UTC) on Sunday, November 8th, 2009. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 8.316°S, 118.697°E; Depth 18.3 km (11.4 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nta5.php]-[T.D. - 11/08/09]

2009 - Election Law / Iraq - November 9th, 2009: "Iraqi parliamrent passes election law [11/08/09] / Move sets stage for January vote, U.S. drawdown." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 11/09/09]

2009 - Status / Sunspot 1029 - November 9th, 2009: "The most active sunspot of the year, sunspot 1029, has spent the past week transiting the far side of the sun. It is still invisible from Earth, but the active region is coming into range of cameras onboard NASA's STEREO-B probe. The spacecraft beamed back this extreme ultraviolet image just hours ago: [....] A farside eruption on Nov. 5th (movie) suggests that the sunspot is still active. In late October, the last time we saw it on the Earth-facing side of the sun, sunspot 1029 unleashed more than 10 C-class solar flares, single-handedly quadrupling the total number of flares in all of 2009. The sun's rotation will turn the active region back toward Earth about four days from now. Until then, STEREO-B will keep us informed. Stay tuned."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=09&month=11&year=2009] - [T.D. - 11/10/09]

*Trivia: Solar wind speed: 369.5 km/sec / density: 4.7 protons/cm3 / explanation | more data / Updated: Today at 2346 UT"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=09&month=11&year=2009] - [T.D. - 11/10/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Fiji - November 9th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 10:44:54 (UTC) on Monday, November 9th, 2009. The magnitude 7.2 event [Location: 17.212°S, 178.413°E; Depth 585.1 km (363.6 miles)] was located @ FIJI."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nuam.php]-[T.D. - 11/10/09]

2009 - Deadly Mudslides / El Salvador - November 9th, 2009: "Torrents of mud and boulders choked the streets of Verapaz, El Salvador, on Sunday [11/08/09], part of a massive wave of rain-fueled flooding that authorities said killed 124 people and left about five dozen missing. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Deadly mudslides hit El Salvador), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 11/09/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombing / Mattani, Pakistan - November 9th, 2009: "Pakistan blast kills Taliban foe, 11 others [11/08/09] / Village's mayor [Abdul Malik - Mattani], who had escaped other attempts on his life, had formed a militia to fight militants." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 11/09/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Venezuela & Columbia - November 9th, 2009: "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered Venezuela's military on Sunday [11/08/09] to prepare for a potential armed conflict with Columbia, saying his country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbors. Chavez said Venezuela could end up going to war with Columbia as tension between them rises, and he warned that if a conflict broke out, 'it could extend throughout the whole continent.' " [Based on: News Services article (Chavez orders readiness for war with Columbia), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 11/09/09]

2009 - Nose-Piercing Draws Suspension / Utah School - November 9th, 2009: "Cultures can still clash for Indians [from India] in the U.S. / Utah girl's nose-piercing [12-year old Suzannah Pabla] draws suspension from school until officials reach compromise ['she could wear a clear, unobtrusive stud in her nose']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 11/09/09]

2009 - AIDS Trivia - November 10th, 2009: "AIDS leading cause of death ['One in five'] in young women ['ages 15-44'], U.N. says [11/09/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 10th, 2009: "The Dow Jones industrial average stormed to its highest level in more than a year. Stocks jumped as investors grew more confident that governments will keep interest rates low to help the global economy. The Dow rose 203.52, or 2 percent, to 10,226.94." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Power Outage / Clayton, Mo. - November 10th, 2009: "For a second time in less than two weeks, an electrical fire knocked out power Monday [11/09/09] to downtown Clayton buildings. [....]" [Based on: Article (CLAYTON > Electrical fire knocks out power again), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Vatican affirms celibacy stance - November 10th, 2009: "The Vatican confirmed on Monday [11/09/09] that opening the door to married Anglican priests doesn't mean the Roman Catholic church is easing the requirement for celibacy for its clergy. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Vatican affirms celibacy stance), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Job Cuts / Pfizer, St. Louis Mo. - November 10th, 2009: "Pfizer cutting 600 jobs in area [St. Louis, Mo.] / 400 will remain in Chesterfield amid cost cutting after acquisition of Wyeth." [Based on: Title for Front Page article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Sea Clash / North & South Korea - November 10th, 2009: "Koreas in sea clash ['Navy ships ... exchanged fire today']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Guilty Plea / U.S. State Department - November 10th, 2009: "Veteran State Department worker Susan Holloman, 58, of Washington, pleaded guilty to illegally viewing passport files of celebrities, the eighth current or former employee of the agency to admit to snooping." [Based on: News Services article (State Department guilty plea), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Executed / John Allen Muhammad - November 10th, 2009: "Washington sniper [John Allen Muhammad - 2002] is executed [11/10/09 - at 9:11 p.m.] in Virginia" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Australians protest Britney Spears show - November 10th, 2009: "Several hundred fans walked out of a britney Spears concert in Perth, Australia, when they realized she was lip-synching. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Australians protest Britney Spears show), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Venezuela - November 10th, 2009: "Venezuela and Russia say they are working on a series of agreements for Moscow to provide the South American country with technology for the development of industries ranging from robotics to biochemistry." [Based on: News Services article (Venezuela, Russia make deal), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Insurgents Killed / Northern Afghanistan - November 10th, 2009: "130 insurgents are killed ['in six days of fighting in northern Afghanistan'], NATO says" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Nicobar Islands, India Region  - November 10th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:48:45 (UTC) on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 8.090°N, 91.881°E; Depth 10.8 km (6.7 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nvaj.php]-[T.D. - 11/10/09]

2009 - Monsanto Acquisition / Pfizer Center, Chesterfield, Mo. - November 10th, 2009: "Monsanto buying Pfizer center ['for $435 million'] / Biotech giant wants Chesterfield facilities for elbow room as research flourishes." [Based on: Title for Front Page article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/10/09]

2009 - Blackout / Brazil - November 11th, 2009: "[....] Media reports say problems at a huge hydroelectric dam are to blame for the electrical outages affecting large parts of Rio de Janeiro, sao Paulo and other cities in several states." [Based on: News Services article (Blackout in Brazil), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

*Trivia: "[....] Electricity system operators said that there was no evidence of sabotage and that the most likely cause was an unexplained atmospheric disturbance, likely heavy rains or winds in the area. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Brazil can't explain power outage / failure at huge plant raises questions as nation gets ready to play host to global events.) by Alexei Barrionuevo, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/12/09]

2009 - Tainted Fish / U.S.A. - November 11th, 2009: "Nearly half of lakes and reservoirs nationwide contain fish with potentially harmful levels of the toxic metal mercury, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which found mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls in all fish samples it collected from 500 lakes and reservoirs from 2000-2003." [Based on: News Services article (Half of fish toxic, study finds), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 11th, 2009: "Investors cooled their buying of stocks and commodities, pausing from a surge that carried stock indexes to their highest levels in more than a year. The Dow industrials rose 20.03, or 0.2 percent, to 10,246.97. The S&P 500 fell less than 0.1 percent to 1,093.01." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - BPA affects factory workers - November 11th, 2009: "Male factory workers in China who got very high doses of a chemical that's been widely used in hard plastic bottles had high rates of sexual problems, according to a study published by the journal Human Reproduction. Heavy exposure to BPA, or bisphenol A, on the job was linked to impotence and lower sexual desire and satisfaction." [Based on: News Services article (BPA affects factory workers), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Aquitted / Bears Stearns Execs. - November 11th, 2009: "Bears Stearns execs [Ralph Cioffi & Matthew Tannin] acquitted" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Saudi Naval Blockade / Yemen - November 11th, 2009: "Saudis blockade Yemen" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Charsadda, Pakistan - November 11th, 2009: "Car bomb [Pakistan] kills 34" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - AT&T Settlement / St. Louis, Mo. - November 11th, 2009: "[....] The settlement approved by the judge was for $65 million, with 25 percent - $16.25 million - for attorneys' fees. That will be split among Mulligan, Howard Paperner and attorneys for the firm of Korein Tillery. Mulligan is city attorney for U. City [Mo.], and Paperner is city attorney for Maryland Heights and other municipalities. [NP] The suit alleged that AT&T underpaid buisiness taxes on land lines. AT&T responded that certain revenue streams were properly excluded from being taxed, given the wording of the ordinances. [NP] AT&T will pay the cities an estimated $10 million a year in future years because of the settlement. The cities agreed not to challenge AT&T's rights to pass along some of the costs to consumers. AT&T said it would not pass on to customers any of the costs related to attorneys' fees. [....]" [Based on: Article (AT&T to pay cities $48 million) by Margaret Gillerman, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Japan & Afghanistan - November 11th, 2009: "Japan said that it would sharply increase its nonmilitary aid to Afghanistan, pledging $5 billion for a range of projects that include building schools and highways, training police officers, clearing land mines and rehabilitating former Taliban fighters." [Based on: News Services article (Japan pledges $5 billion), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Bomb Cache Found / Southern Afghanistan - November 11th, 2009: "Bomb cache found in Afghanistan [11/ 09/09] / Supplies for thousands of explosives ['a half-million pounds of amonium nitrate'] were recovered." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/11/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Phyan / India-Pakistan Border - November 11th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Phyan came ashore near the India-Pakistan border on November 11, 2009. According to a report from Unisys, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 knots (75 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 50 knots (90 kilometers per hour), but was dissipating as a significant tropical cyclone as it moved over land. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41234]

2009 - Somali Pirates - November 12th, 2009: "Somali pirates chase, capture ship / Hijackings rebound as monsoon season ends, attackers grow bolder." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/12/09]

2009 - Record Gold Prices - November 12th, 2009: "Price of gold hits new record ['Gold settled at $1,114.60.'] / The weak dollar prompts investors to scoop up the precious metal." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/12/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 12th, 2009: "The stock market resumed its advance Wednesday [11/11/09] as a weak dollar and improvements in China's factories boosted hopes for a recovery in the economy. The Dow Jones industrials rose 44.29, or 0.4 percent, to 10,291.26. The S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent to 1,098.51." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 11/12/09]

2009 - Charter for Compassion - November 12th, 2009: "About the Project - The Charter for Compassion is the result of Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish and made possible by the generous support of the Fetzer Institute. It will be unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009. [....]"

*Link: http://charterforcompassion.org/about

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - November 12th, 2009: "Sun [19 Scorpio], Moon [23 Virgo], Mercury [24 Scorpio], Venus [5 Scorpio], Mars [11 Leo], Jupiter [18 Aquarius], Saturn [1 Libra], Uranus [22 Pisces], Neptune [23 Aquarius], Pluto [1 Capricorn], Chiron [21 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200911.html]

2009 - Hezbollah criticizes Obama - November 12th, 2009: "Hezbollah's leader accused President Barack Obama of absolute bias in favor of Israel and disregard for the dignity of Arabs and Muslims. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Obama has gone even farther in his military support for the Jewish state than his predecessor, George W. Bush." [Based on: News Services article (Hezbollah criticizes Obama), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/12/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Iran - November 12th, 2009: "The Israeli military released documents and photos it said proved Iran was behind a huge shipment of weapons that Israeli navy commandos intercepted last week. Israel has said the cargo ship its troops seized off the coast of Cyprus was carrying 500 tons of Iranian-made weapons for Lebanese Hezbollah militants." [Based on: News Services article (Israel states case on Iran), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/12/09]

2009 - Pfizer studies were fudged, report says - November 12th, 2009: "[....] The lawyers, seeking class-action status, claim Pfizer concealed evidence that the epilepsy drug Neurotonin didn't work for those unapproved uses, including nerve pain, migraines and bipolar disorder. [....] The report appears in today's New England Journal of Medicine. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Pfizer studies were fudged, report says / Company blasts review that calls epilepsy drug overrated.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/12/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - November 13th, 2009: "A drop in energy stocks dragged the market lower following a report that consumers and businesses cut back on their use of oil and gas. The Dow Jones industrials fell 93.79, or 0.9 percent, to 10,197.47. The S&P 500 index fell 11.27, or 1 percent, to 1,087.24." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 11/13/09]

2009 - Amazon deforestation slows - November 13th, 2009: "Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon dropped nearly 46 percent from August 2008 to July 2009 - the biggest annual decline in two decades, the government said Thursday [11/12/09]." [Based on: News Services article (Amazon deforestation slows), p. A22, S.L.P.D., 11/13/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - November 13th, 2009: "Prosecutors seek to seize properties ['U.S.-based properties'] tied to Iranian bank" [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 11/13/09]

2009 - Suicide Car Bomb / Spy Agency, Pakistan - November 13th, 2009: "Blast ['a suicide car bomb'] levels spy agency in Pakistan ['Inter-Services Intelligence agency' - Peshawar - 11/13/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 11/13/09]

2009 - Murder Charges / Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan - November 13th, 2009: "Hasan [Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan] is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder [a spokesman said Thursday]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/13/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Tarapaca, Chile - November 13th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:05:57 (UTC) on Friday, November 13th, 2009. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 19.385°S, 70.266°W; Depth 28 km (17.4 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nyad.php]-[T.D. - 11/14/09]

2009 - Water On The Moon - November 14th, 2009: "Last month when NASA's LCROSS spacecraft hit the Moon and failed to produce a bright flash, many observers thought the experiment was a dud. Think again. NASA has announced that LCROSS discovered water at the bottom of crater Cabeus near the Moon's south pole. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=14&month=11&year=2009]

2009 - Trade Deficit / U.S.A. - November 14th, 2009: "[....] Overall, the monthly trade deficit [September 2009] jumped 18.2 percent to $36.5 billion, the Commerce Department said, the largest monthly percentage increase since February 1999. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (weaker dollar has yet to narrow U.S. trade gap / Deficit rises by largest percentage in decade; no relief seen until 2011.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Trivia / 9/11 Suspects - November 14th, 2009: "9/11 suspects will be tried in federal court, Holder says / Decision by attorney general on alleged mastermind, 4 underlings sets off debate." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 14th, 2009: "Encouraging earnings news from major retailers and The Walt Disney Co. drew investors back into the stock market one day after a big drop. The Dow Jones industrials rose 73.00, or 0.7 percent, to 10,270.47. Its drop Thursday broke a six-day winning streak." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Early Snowstorms / China - November 14th, 2009: "Snow ['Early snowstorms in north-central China' - 'which began Nov. 9'] claims lives ['40 lives'] in China" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Ponzi Scheme Trivia / U.S.A. - November 14th, 2009: "Two former employees [Jerome O'Hara & George Perez) for Bernard Madoff programmed an old IBM computer to generate false records that concealed the crooked financier's massive Ponzi scheme and were given hush money when they threatened to stop lying, federal prosecutors said Friday [11/13/09]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S.: Madoff paid 2 to 'cook books'), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Resignation / White House Counsel - November 14th, 2009: "White House counsel [Greg Craig] is stepping aside ['resigned Friday' - 11/13/09] / President's personal lawyer [Bob Bauer] will take over the role following shakeup." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Deficit Doubles / U.S. Pension Insurer - November 14th, 2009: "Pension insurer's deficit doubles ['to $22 billion' - the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said Friday - 11/13/09] / Experts say that without major changes, like higher insurance premiums or less risky investmants, fund will require taxpayer bailout." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Jujuy, Argentina - November 14th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:44:30(UTC) on Saturday, November 14th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 22.803°S, 66.439°W; Depth 220.7 km (137.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ JUJUY, ARGENTINA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009nzba.php]-[T.D. - 11/14/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Former U.S. Congressman - November 14th, 2009: "Former congressman gets 13 years [11/13/09] / New Orleans Democrat William J. Jefferson was convicted of bribery, racketeering and money laundering." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Third-Quarter Earnings / J.C. Penny Co. - November 14th, 2009: "J.C. Penny Co. reported a 78 percent drop in its third-quarter earnings because of pension plan expenses. It earned $27 million, or 11 cents per share, compared with $124 million, or 56 cents, a year earlier. Revenue fell 3.2 percent to $4.18 billion." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Explosions & Fire / Russian Military Arsenal - November 14th, 2009: "Huge explosions and fire ripped through a Russian military arsenal for hours Friday [11/13/09], killing two firefighters and prompting the evacuation of thousands of civilians nearby, officials said. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Explosions destroy Russian arsenal), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 11/14/09]

2009 - Bomb Attacks / Afghanistan - November 15th, 2009: "Afghanistan bomb attacks [11/13/09] claim three Americans" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 11/15/09]

2009 - Medicare Dollars Wasted? / U.S.A. - November 15th, 2009: "$47 billion overpaid for Medicare, report says / Taxpayer dollars were wasted at nearly triple the previous year's rate." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Hope Yen, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/15/09]

2009 - Bomb Attack / Peshawar, Pakistan - November 15th, 2009: "At least 12, including four children, die in Pakistan bomb attack [11/14/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 11/15/09]

2009 - Sunspot 1031 - November 16th, 2009: "Tiny sunspot 1031 is a member of new Solar Cycle 24. Credit: SOHO/MDI" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/]

2009 - Tropical Cyclone Anja - November 16th, 2009: "After forming as a tropical storm over the Southern Indian Ocean on November 14, 2009, Anja strengthened to a cyclone one day later. By November 16, 2009, Anja was a Category 3 cyclone, with maximum sustained winds of 105 knots (195 kilometers per hour), and gusts up to 130 knots (240 kilometers per hour). Anja was located near 14.7 degrees South and 68.3 degrees East. [....]" [Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41285]

2009 - 1st Arabic Domain Name - November 16th, 2009: "Egypt to apply for first Arabic domain name ['written in Arabic']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Kosovo - November 16th, 2009: "Kosovo's first independent elections [11/15/09] have ended peacefully, with the prime minister claiming his party won and some minority Serbs ignoring a call to boycott and casting ballots alongside ethnic Albanians. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Kosovo vote is success story), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - Trivia / Guantanamo Detainees - November 16th, 2009: "Guantanamo detainees have their day in court / So far, judges have found evidence against 30 insufficient and have ordered their release." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - Mob Boss Captured / Sicily - November 16th, 2009: "No. 2 fugitive mob boss [Domenico Raccuglia] nabbed in Sicily [11/15/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - New Study / Zetia & Vytorin - November 16th, 2009: "Study ['published online by the New England Journal of Medicine] deals blow to cholesterol drug [Zetia and Vytorin]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - Launch / Space Shuttle Atlantis - November 16th, 2009: "Carrying a crew of six astronauts and tons of supplies, space shuttle Atlantis lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center today at 2:28 pm EST. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/]

2009 - President Barack Obama / China - November 16th, 2009: "Obama takes diplomacy to China / He strikes ptagmatic tone in talks with Chinese officials about trade, global warming, spread of nuclear weapons. Will rights issue come up?" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - Floods & Landslides / El Salvador - November 16th, 2009: "Death toll from storms in El Salvador rises ['at least 192 people were killed by floods and landslides last week']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - Farming Deal / U.N., Islamic Bank - November 16th, 2009: "U.N., Islamic bank [Islamic Development Bank] make $1 billion farming deal" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - French & Afghan Troops / Tagab Valley, Afghanistan - November 16th, 2009: "Troops begin push into Afghan haven [11/15/09] / French and Afghan forces want to secure valley [Tagab Valley] that militants have used as a launching point for sudden attacks." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/16/09]

2009 - Book Tour / Sarah Palin - November 17th, 2009: "Book, tour thrust Palin back into the public eye / Her performance will count more than content of tome, experts say, but comeback chance called slim." [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/17/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 17th, 2009: "Investors kept the stock market's upward momentum going, sending shares higher as the dollar extended its slide and after retail sales rebounded more than expected. The S&P 500 ended at 1,109.30, its first close above the 1,100 mark in more than a year." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/17/09]

2009 - Nuclear Site Trivia / Iran - November 17th, 2009: "Nuclear site inspectors in Iran raise questions ['in a report released Monday'] / They wonder whether country has concealed other such operations; government issues denial." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/17/09]

2009 - Mammogram Trivia / U.S.A. - November 17th, 2009: "Breast check reversal / Federal panel moves recommended age for mammograms from 40 to 50, but several national cancer organizations balk." [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/17/09]

2009 - Settlement / Vonage Holdings Corp. - November 17th, 2009: "Internet phone service provider Vonage Holdings Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to 32 states, including Missouri and Illinois, to settle an investigation into some of its business practices. Vonage said it also agreed to provide refunds to affected customers." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article (Vontage settles with 32 states), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/17/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Queen Charlotte Islands Region - November 17th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:30:46 (UTC) on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 52.151°N, 131.378°W; Depth 11.6 km (7.2 miles)] was located @ QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009pcaq.php]-[T.D. - 11/17/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - November 20th, 2009: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing bright auroras around the Arctic Circle."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=20&month=11&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - November 20th, 2009: "Signs of a subdued economic recovery sent investors out of stocks Thursday [11/19/09] and in search of safer assets like the dollar. Major indexes tumbled about 1 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which lost 94 points but ended well off its low." [Based on: Story stocks article, p. D8, The Buffalo News, 11/20/09]

2009 - Wave of Bombings / Pakistan - November 20th, 2009: "An explosion early today killed two police officers a day after a suicide bomber killed 19 people outside a courthouse in northwester Pakistan, the latest attacks in an onslaught by Islamist militants retaliating against an army offensive near the Afgan border. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Death toll surpasses 80 in wave of bombings), p. A3, T.B.N., 11/20/09]

2009 - Fee Hike / University of California - November 20th, 2009: "University regents hike fees 32% [University of California] amid protests [11/19/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, T.B.N., 11/20/09]

2009 - Restarted / Large Hadron Collider - 11/20/09: "GENEVA – Scientists are preparing the world's largest atom smasher to explore the depths of matter after successfully restarting the $10 billion machine [11/20/09] following more than a year of repairs. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Restored machine to explore mysteries of Big Bang) by ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS]

*Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091121/ap_on_sc/eu_sci_big_bang_machine

2009 - President Hamid Karzai / Afghanistan - November 20th, 2009: "Karzai sworn in for a second term [11/19/09]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A3, T.B.N., 11/20/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - November 21st, 2009: "The stock market ended a down week with light selling as investors grew uneasy about a rising dollar and spiking demand for the safest government debt. The Dow slipped 14.28, or 0.1 percent, to 10,318.16, while the S&P 500 fell 3.52, or 0.3 percent, to 1,091.38." [Based on: MARKETWATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 11/21/09]

2009 - Missle Strike / Pakistan - November 21st, 2009: "A suspected U.S. missle strike killed at least 8 militants in northwestern Pakistan, officials said, the second attack this week in an area believed to hold many insurgents." [Based on: News Services article (Missle strike), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 11/21/09]

2009 - Record Rains / England - November 21st, 2009: "Record rains flood storied Lake District [Cockermouth, England - 11/20/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, T.B.N., 11/21/09]

*Trivia: "Severe storms posing threat to 1,800 bridges" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, T.B.N., 11/23/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / Farah, Afghanistan - November 21st, 2009: "A suicide bomber killed 16 people and injured at least 23 others Friday [11/20/09] in a busy square in Farah, a city in western Afghanistan, while a powerful former warlord narrowly escaped an assassination attempt near Kabul, officials said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Suicide blast kills 16; assassination bid fails), p. A4, T.B.N., 11/21/09]

2009 - Genetic Profiling Restrictions / U.S.A. - November 21st, 2009: "Restrictions on genetic profiling take effect [today - 11/21/09]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A6, T.B.N., 11/21/09]

2009 - Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu? N. Carolina - November 21st, 2009: "Tamiflu-resistant swine flu reported [11/20/09] / 4 cases detected in N. Carolina" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Mike Stobbe, p. A5, T.B.N., 11/21/09]

2009 - Sun in Sagittarius- October 22nd, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Sagittarius." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200911.html]

2009 - Trivia / U.S. Health Care Bill - November 22nd, 2009: "Health care bill clears key Senate hurdle [11/21/09] / 60-39 vote will allow for full-scale debate" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, T.B.N., 11/22/09]

2009 - Rocket Attack / Afghan Hotel - November 22nd, 2009: "Rocket ['wounding two people'] hits outside luxury hotel [Serena Hotel - 11/21/09] in capital [Afghanistan]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, T.B.N., 11/22/09]

2009 - Militant Cease Fire / Gaza Strip - November 22nd, 2009: "[....] Hamas interior minister Fathi Hamad told reporters Saturday [11/21/09] evening that all militant factions had now agreed to a cease-fire. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Militant groups agree to halt rocket strikes), p. A4, T.B.N., 11/22/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Fiji Region - November 22nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:48:20 (UTC) on Sunday, November 22nd, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 17.789°S, 178.435°W; Depth 523.1 km (325.1 miles) set by location program] was located @ FIJI REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009phaj.php]-[T.D. - 11/22/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake /  Kermadec Islands Region - November 22nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:47:28 (UTC) on Sunday, November 22nd, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 31.587°S, 179.419°E; Depth 438.9 km (272.7 miles)] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009phbc.php]-[T.D. - 11/24/09]

2009 - Polylactic Acid - November 23rd, 2009: " A team of South Korean scientists have produced the polymers [Polylactic Acid (PLA)] used for everyday plastics through bioengineering, rather than through the use of fossil fuel-based chemicals. [....] 'This means that a developed E. coli strain is now capable of efficiently producing unnatural polymers, through a one-step fermentation process.' [....]"

[Based on: CNN article (Koreans make plastics without fossil fuel chemicals), November 23, 2009]

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1gXv0T/edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/11/23/eco.korea.plastic/

2009 - Tropical Storm Nida - November 23rd, 2009: "Nida formed as a tropical depression over the western Pacific Ocean on November 22, 2009. Late the following day, Nida had strengthened to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 35 knots (65 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 45 knots (85 kilometers per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=41371]

2009 - Air Defense War Games / Iran - November 23rd, 2009: "Iran stages air defense war games [11/22/09] aimed at protecting nuclear facilities" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, T.B.N., 11/23/09]

2009 - Russian-Made Tanks / Venezuela - November 23rd, 2009: "Chavez hailing [11/21/09] arrival ['forthcoming'] of Russian-made tanks ['including T-72 battle tanks ... along with radar and air defense systems.'']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, T.B.N., 11/23/09]

2009 - Solar Tsunamis - November 24th, 2009: "Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That's what NASA's STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft are telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the 'solar tsunami.' [....] The twin STEREO spacecraft confirmed their reality in February 2009 when sunspot 11012 unexpectedly erupted. The blast hurled a billion-ton cloud of gas (a 'CME') into space and sent a tsunami racing along the sun's surface. STEREO recorded the wave from two positions separated by 90o, giving researchers an unprecedented view of the event: [see link]. [....]"

[Based on: SCIENCE@NASA article (Monster Waves on the Sun are Real) by Tony Phillips, 11/24/09]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/24nov_solartsunami.htm

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - November 24th, 2009: "Investors halted a three-day losing streak on the stock market, sending prices broadly higher on a weaker dollar and better-than-expected home sales numbers. Trading volume was thin ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Dow rose 1.3 percent to 10,450.95." [Based on: Story stocks article, p. B8, T.B.N., 11/24/09]

2009 - Blackout / Rio de Janeiro - November 24th, 2009: "Another blackout in Rio [11/24/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 11/27/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake /  Tonga - November 24th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:47:16 (UTC) on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. The magnitude 6.8 event [Location: 20.713°S, 173.432°W; Depth 62 km (38.5 miles)] was located @ TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009pja1.php]-[T.D. - 11/24/09]

2009 - Lax Security? / U.S. State Dinner - November 24th, 2009: "Missed procedures allowed couple into White House affair ['state dinner' - 11/24/09]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A8, T.B.N., 11/27/09]

*Trivia: "3rd uninvited guest ['the Secret Service said Monday' - 01/04/10] at dinner [Carlos Allen? - November 2009] " [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/05/10]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - November 25th, 2009: "A dissapointing report on consumer confidence and a more sober read on the economy pulled stocks from 13-month highs Tuesday [11/24/09]. Drops in financial and industrial stocks were tempered by gains in health care companies. The S&P 500 fell 0.1 percent to 1,105.65." [Based on: Story stocks article, p. B8, T.B.N., 11/25/09]

2009 - War 'drumbeats' cited in early '01 - November 25th, 2009: "[....] Simon Webb, a policy director at the Ministry of Defense in 2001, said that there were discussions in Washington on Iraq regime change in March 2001, 'but it was quite clear there was no proposition being put in our direction on that.' " [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (War 'drumbeats' cited in early '01) by Janet Stobart, p. A3, T.B.N., 11/25/09]

2009 - Headed Home / Space Shuttle Atlantis - November 25th, 2009: "Shuttle Atlantis leaves space station [4:53 am EST - 11/25/09], headed home" [Based on: title for buffalonews.com article, 11/25/09]

*Link: http://www.buffalonews.com/180/story/872991.html

2009 - Heavy Rains & Flooding / South America - November 25th, 2009: "Officials say flooding from heavy rains has killed 12 people in three South American nations and forced more than 20,000 to flee their homes. [NP] Most of the dead are in southern Brazil - including eight in Rio Grande do Sul, according to the state's Civil Defense Department. [NP] Sustained stormy weather has saturated the region and caused the river between Uruguay and Argentina to overflow its banks. [NP] Government agencies report that 10,000 people have been evacuated in Brazil, along with 8,000 in northeastern Argentina and 4,000 in Uruguay." [Based on A.P. article]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - Novemner 26th, 2009: "Stocks climbed following a drop in weekly unemployment claims to the lowest level of the year and a rise in new home sales. The market's gains were modest on light trading volume ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent to 1,110.63." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 11/26/09]

2009 - No Serious Side Effects? / Swine Flu Vaccine - November 26th, 2009: "There's no evidence that the swine flu vaccine is causing any serious side effects, U.S. health officials said in their first report on the safety of the new vaccine." [Based on: News Services article (Swine flu vaccine cleared by CDC), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 11/26/09]

2009 - Train Bomb / Russia - November 27th, 2009: "Russian officials: Bomb [11/27/09] caused deadly train ['Moscow-to-St. Petersburg'] derailment ['killing at least 26 people ... as many as 100 people were injured']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 11/29/09]

2009 - New Policy / U.S. Lobby - November 27th, 2009: "[....] Under the policy, which is being phased in over the coming months, none of more than 13,000 lobbyists in Washington could hold a seat on the committees, which advise agencies on trade rules, troop levels, environmental regulations, consumer protections and thousands of other government policies. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (New policy limits lobbyists' reach) by Dan Eggen, p. A2, T.B.N., 11/27/09]

2009 - Military Exercises / Cuba - November 27th, 2009: "Cuba's armed forces launched three days of intense military exercises ['dubbed "Bastion 2009" '] across the island Thursday [11/26/09], a mobilization that state-controlled media says is designed to guard against an American invasion. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Military exercise in Cuba), p. A6, T.B.N., 11/27/09]

2009 - Sex Abuse Coverup / Catholic Church, Ireland - November 27th, 2009: "Coverup of priests' child abuse [Dublin, Ireland] lasted decades ['since 1940']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Shawn Pogatchnik, p. A6, T.B.N., 11/27/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake /  Kermadec Islands, New Zealand - November 28th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:21:15 (UTC) on Saturday, November 28th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 29.177°S, 177.031°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009pna5.php]-[T.D. - 12/01/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake /  Mindanao, Philippines - November 28th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:10:24 (UTC) on Saturday, November 28th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 5.406°N, 126.451°E; Depth 74.8 km (46.5 miles)] was located @ MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009pnbi.php]-[T.D. - 12/01/09]

2009 - Train Bomb / Russia - November 29th, 2009: "Russian officials: Bomb [11/27/09] caused deadly train ['Moscow-to-St. Petersburg'] derailment ['killing at least 26 people ... as many as 100 people were injured']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 11/29/09]

2009 - Minaret Ban / Switzerland - November 30th, 2009: "Swiss ban minarets ['iconic mosque towers'] in surprise vote [11/29/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/30/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Uruguay - November 30th, 2009: "Former rebel [Jose Mujica] wins presidency in Uruguay [11/29/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/30/09]

2009 - Ancient Deforestation / India - November 30th, 2009: "[....] In 1998, he [Stanley Ambrose] proposed that the effects of the volcano blast and ensuing 'Instant Ice Age' could explain the apparent bottleneck in human populations that scientists believe happened 50,000 and 100,000 years ago. [....] The isotope analysis revealed that forests covered central India when Toba erupted, but wooded to open grasslands took over for at least 1,000 years after that. [....]" [Based on: article (Volcano tied to forest loss / Eruption on Sumatra 73,000 years ago that was blamed for an ice age is also connected to deforestation in India, a U of I anthropologist says.), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 11/30/09]

2009 - $60 Billion Debt? / Dubai World - November 30th, 2009: "Emirates will back banks in Dubai / Markets tumbled after Dubai World sought to delay in paying off debt ['on Wednesday announced it needed at least a six-month reprieve from paying its roughly $60 billion debt.']." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 11/30/09]

2009 - End / Atlantic Hurricane Season - November 30th, 2009: "Hurricane season ends [11/30/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/01/09]

2009 - Nuclear Expansion Approval / Iran - November 30th, 2009: "Iran approves expansion in nuclear plans [11/29/09] / What it entails - Government wants 10 industrial-scale enrichment facilities. / U.S. response - Move would be another 'serious violation' of U.N. resolutions." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 11/30/09]

2009 - Elections Trivia / Equatorial Guinea - November 30th, 2009: "Leader accused of corruption [Teodoro Obiang Nguema] likely to be re-elected [Equatorial Guinea - 11/29/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 11/30/09]

2009 - Settlement / Omnicare Inc. - November 2009: "[....] Omnicare Inc., a pharmacy chain for nursing homes, paid $98 million in November 2009 to settle accusations that it received kickbacks from Johnson & Johnson and other drugmakers for antipsychotic prescriptions. [NP] Medicare officials said that diagnosis information is not generally included with prescriptions so the government cannot access in real time whether prescription payments are appropriate. [NP] While the Food and Drug Administration has warned doctors that using antipsychotic drugs in elderly patients with dementia increases their risks of death, doctors continue the practice because they have few other good choices, said Dr. Daniel J. Carlat, editor-in-chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report, a medical education newsletter for psychiatrists. [NP] 'Doctors want to maximize quality of life by treating the patient's agitation even if that means the patient will die a bit sooner,' Carlat said." [Based on: New York Times News Service article (Audit targets drugs for dementia / Many patients on Medicare get antipsychotic drugs despite the dangers.) by Gardiner Harris, pp. B1 & B8, S.L.P.D., 05/12/11 - [My brackets. NP = new paragraph. - E.M.]

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