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Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE)
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) (10-31-07)
The university has hired a preservation-planning firm, John G. Waite Associates, to study the building, which was last renovated three decades ago. The firm has produced a 700-page report, which the university has not released. Among other things, the report considers how much of Jefferson’s original building survived an 1895 fire and the subsequent remodeling by the architect Stanford White, of the New York firm McKim, Mead and White.
The renovation, which may bring regular classes back to the building, could take six years and cost at least $40-million.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-31-07)
“Well, that’s not my decision to make,” she said. “And I don’t believe that any president or first lady has. But certainly we’ll move as quickly as our circumstances and the processes of the National Archives permits.”
Mr. Obama raised his hand, asking for a response. “We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history, and not releasing, I think, these records at the same time, Hillary, as you’re making the claim that this is the basis for your experience, I think, is a problem,” he said.
SOURCE: NYT (10-31-07)
The site, on the grounds of a pre-revolutionary estate on the edge of Moscow, became a secret territory of the N.K.V.D., a predecessor of the K.G.B., the intelligence agency in which Mr. Putin rose to be a lieutenant colonel. More than 20,000 people killed during the height of Stalin’s purges in 1937-1938 were buried on the grounds. In that period, hundreds were sometimes shot there in a single day. It is called Butovksy poligon. Poligon translates as shooting range.
Mr. Putin’s comments, broadcast on national television news and posted on the Kremlin’s Web site, www.kremlin.ru, underscored the bloody reprisals that Russians suffered from the time of the Bolshevik Revolution through Stalin’s death in 1953.
“Those who were executed, sent to camps, shot and tortured number in the thousands and millions of people,” he said. “Along with this, as a rule these were people with their own opinions. These were people who were not afraid to speak their minds. They were the most capable people. They are the pride of the nation. And of course over many years, and today as well, we still remember this tragedy. We need to do a great deal to ensure that this is never forgotten.”
Some say he has taken some literary license in the telling of his story. Dan Armstrong, who worked with Mr. Obama at Business International Corporation in New York in 1984 and has deconstructed Mr. Obama’s account of the job on his blog, analyzethis.net, wrote: “All of Barack’s embellishment serves a larger narrative purpose: to retell the story of the Christ’s temptation. The young, idealistic, would-be community organizer gets a nice suit, joins a consulting house, starts hanging out with investment bankers, and barely escapes moving into the big mansion with the white folks.”
In an interview, Mr. Armstrong added: “There may be some truth to that. But in order to make it a good story, it required a bit of exaggeration.”
SOURCE: NYT (10-29-07)
Starting in 1952, the Democrats have contested the presidency 11 times (not counting 1964, 1980 and 1996 when they nominated incumbents). Of those 11 times, only five of the candidates who were leading in national polls in January won the nomination: Adlai E. Stevenson in 1956, John F. Kennedy in 1960, Walter F. Mondale in 1984, Bill Clinton in 1992 and Al Gore in 2000. The so-called front-runners who did not win the nomination included Estes Kefauver in 1952 (Stevenson won the nomination), Lyndon B. Johnson, who shared the lead with Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 (Hubert H. Humphrey was nominated after Johnson dropped out and Kennedy was assassinated), Edmund S. Muskie in 1972 (overtaken by George S. McGovern), Edward M. Kennedy in 1976 (Jimmy Carter pulled ahead), Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart in 1988 (Michael J. Dukakis took over) and Howard Dean in 2004 (lost to John Kerry).
“Coins are a very particular form of artwork and tend to be very evocative of American history,” said Mitchell Sanders, the committee chairman and an amateur coin collector and market researcher based in Rochester. “We’re working on something we know will represent the United States of America. To be able to contribute to that process is a wonderful opportunity.”
In 2003, Congress ordered a redesign of the nickel in honor of the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition. That year, it also created the committee, effectively replacing the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, which mostly reviewed the designs of noncirculating collector coins.
The committee has weighed in on hundreds of designs submitted by artists since two new Westward Journey nickels were released in 2004.
Memorial, a human rights organization that assists survivors of Soviet repression and commemorates its victims, organized the event, one of a series this year marking the 70th anniversary of a period known as the Great Terror, when executions became a daily event.
The organization estimates that an average of 1,000 people a day were executed during the Great Terror in 1937 and 1938, and that a total of 12.5 million people were victims of political repression during the Soviet era.
Name of source: NYT Magazine
SOURCE: NYT Magazine (10-21-07)
In the early 1990s, a surge in the number of teenagers threatened a crime wave of unprecedented proportions. But to the surprise of some experts, crime fell steadily instead. Many explanations have been offered in hindsight, including economic growth, the expansion of police forces, the rise of prison populations and the end of the crack epidemic. But no one knows exactly why crime declined so steeply.
The answer, according to Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, an economist at Amherst College, lies in the cleanup of a toxic chemical that affected nearly everyone in the United States for most of the last century. After moving out of an old townhouse in Boston when her first child was born in 2000, Reyes started looking into the effects of lead poisoning. She learned that even low levels of lead can cause brain damage that makes children less intelligent and, in some cases, more impulsive and aggressive. She also discovered that the main source of lead in the air and water had not been paint but rather leaded gasoline -- until it was phased out in the 1970s and '80s by the Clean Air Act, which took blood levels of lead for all Americans down to a fraction of what they had been."Putting the two together," she says,"it seemed that this big change in people's exposure to lead might have led to some big changes in behavior."
Name of source: http://www.thestar.com
SOURCE: http://www.thestar.com (10-25-07)
A fact-finding panel of the National Intelligence Service also said it cannot rule out the possibility former president Park Chung-hee may have directly ordered the kidnapping of Kim, who was Park's main political rival at the time.
"It is judged that there was at least an implicit permission" from Park, the panel said in its report.
The report marked the first time South Korea's government has acknowledged Park's involvement in the kidnapping, although many South Koreans have believed that the military-backed leader, who ruled the country with an iron fist for 18 years after a 1961 coup, was behind it.
Name of source: Russia Today
SOURCE: Russia Today (10-27-07)
The KGB handler also played a key role in bringing the USSR and the U.S. back from the brink of a nuclear conflict during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s.
A year before his death he spoke out about his experiences as a spy in the nuclear race after the Second World War.
“I’ll never forget that meeting was I think in 1948 in November, and a colleague came in and said - Kurchatov’s team is heading for its goal at great speed. I said - what goal? Well, he said, soon the Baby will be born and will make its voice heard,” he wrote in his book.
The baby was the nuclear bomb, the Soviet answer to the U.S nukes that killed more than 100,000 Japanese at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The “great speed” of its evolution was partly due to Aleksandr Feklisov.
Name of source: National Post (Canada)
SOURCE: National Post (Canada) (10-31-07)
All statues, street signs and symbols associated with Gen. Franco and his Falange movement must be removed from public buildings.
Churches and private institutions with plaques commemorating the leader or those killed by the Republican government overthrown by Franco risk losing government funding if they refuse.
The new law also seeks to declare "illegitimate" the verdicts of the summary trials Franco's regime held for its opponents. That opens the doors for families of victims to seek redress in the courts and demand compensation. Children of Republicans forced into exile can even apply to regain Spanish citizenship.
The Law of Historical Memory will also provide public funds to excavate the mass graves of Franco's opponents, allowing relatives to exhume and rebury their dead.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-31-07)
Scientists have found that the stone adze, found on a coral atoll in what is now French Polynesia, was quarried from volcanic rock in Hawaii, on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
It was transported about 1,000 years ago by Polynesian voyagers in wooden canoes, either as a chunk of uncut rock used for ballast, or as a gift or memento.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-29-07)
To assist in this quest the National Trust has released a top 10 list of its most haunted historic properties.
In at number one is Blickling Hall, Norfolk, described by the National Trust as a "magnificent Jacobean house famed for its fine tapestries, rare books and reputedly the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn".
Henry VIII's second wife, beheaded in 1536, took Blickling to the top spot with the help of her "fellow residents": Sir John Fastolfe, the 15th century knight whose name was adapted for Shakespeare's comic character Falstaff, and Sir Henry Hobart, killed in a duel in 1698.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-30-07)
James Keith, a charismatic military mastermind, governed Finland, Ukraine, and Berlin. He was feted as a soldier in Spain, in Russia and in Prussia, and sought as a lover by the Tsarina Elizabeth I.
But despite contemporary acclaim, Keith's career is today more shrouded in anonymity than celebrated.
Name of source: http://www.nctimes.com
SOURCE: http://www.nctimes.com (10-29-07)
"These are clearly pictographs, and they're probably Luiseno," said Joel Seay, referring to the Luiseno band of American Indians who once lived in the San Luis Rey River valley.
An amateur archeologist and preservationist, Seay said he sees many common patterns, cross-hatched lines that look like netting, diamond symbols and series of dots that look like rain, repeated on the boulders.
"I keep coming back to this one right here," he said, pointing at a faint symbol with several points radiating from a circle. "It looks like a compass, and I've never seen it anywhere else."
Tucked behind a suburban subdivision off Douglas Drive in Oceanside's back gate area, the boulders have drawn neighbors' attention for years. Resident Warren Allen, who said he has lived in the area since the 1970s, said seeing graffiti on the boulders made him furious.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (10-30-07)
Scientists say more accurate tests date the earliest human burial found in the UK to just over 29,000 years ago.
When discovered in a cave on Gower in the 1820s the bones were thought to be around 18,000 years old, but were later redated to between 25,000 and 26,000.
Researchers said it casts a new light on human presence in western Europe.
SOURCE: BBC (10-27-07)
Relatives of the victims watched as red coffins were lowered into graves and blessed by a priest at the ceremony.
The bodies, including 474 Poles, were dug up this year in Bykovnya, where tens of thousands are thought to have been dumped during the 1930s and 1940s.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-30-07)
"The flag folding recitation is a longstanding tradition which brings comfort to the living and honor to the deceased," Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., writes in his letter Tuesday signed by 11 other congressmen. "The recitations accompanying each fold pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families, the nation they proudly serve, and the beliefs that they hold dear."
Veterans Affairs has a policy that allows for a full military funeral, which includes the playing of taps and the folding of the flag in respectful silence. Upon request, family can have honor guard read special recitations, which include religious symbolism.
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (10-29-07)
SOURCE: History Today (10-30-07)
Name of source: AHA Blog
SOURCE: AHA Blog (10-30-07)
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-27-07)
As she prepares to host the international meeting in Annapolis, Md., Rice has delved into the history of U.S. attempts to mediate peace in the region, plunging into the diplomatic annals and seeking out the major players responsible for both successes and failures.
"She's trying to draw on the historical record and the experiences of others to see what she can glean and how that may be applicable to the current day," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday, ahead of Rice's Nov. 4-6 trip to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, her second in three weeks to organize the Annapolis gathering.
Most recently, she met this week with Jimmy Carter, sitting down in her office on Wednesday for a talk with the former president who brokered the 1978 Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt, the first between the Jewish state and an Arab nation.
Carter has been a vocal critic of the Bush administration's Middle East polices and wrote a recent book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," that some believe is anti-Israeli. McCormack said the differences in approach were not a subject of her conversation.
SOURCE: AP (10-29-07)
Linda Schiro said that her boyfriend, Mafia tough guy Gregory Scarpa Sr., was recruited by the FBI to help find the volunteers' bodies. She said Scarpa later told her he put a gun in a Ku Klux Klansman's mouth and forced him to reveal the whereabouts of the victims.
The FBI has never acknowledged that Scarpa, nicknamed "The Grim Reaper," was involved in the case. The bureau did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.
Schiro took the stand as a witness for the prosecution at the trial of former FBI agent R. Lindley DeVecchio, who is charged in state court with four counts of murder in what authorities have called one of the worst law enforcement corruption cases in U.S. history.
SOURCE: AP (10-29-07)
Within the first five months of the presidential contest, the media effectively had reduced the field to five candidates, even though there were 17 mainstream Democrats and Republicans, a study of political coverage found.
But the tone of the coverage for the top two front-runners — Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani — hardly was friendly. Nearly four out of 10 stories were negative, more than three out of 10 were neutral and only the rest were positive.
The study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, to be released Monday, also portrays the political press as a hidebound institution out of touch with the desires of citizens.
SOURCE: AP (10-27-07)
The lawmakers said that Tom Lantos, chairman of the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee, told them that "Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay."
Lantos, a Holocaust survivor who was born in Hungary, was responding to arguments that the United States should shut down the prison on a U.S. naval base in Cuba, the lawmakers said. Mariko Peters, a member of the Dutch Green Party, who began the exchange with Lantos, said she took notes during the exchange.
Name of source: Seattle Times
SOURCE: Seattle Times (10-27-07)
Beth-El, in Fort Worth, Texas, recently installed an exhibit paying tribute to the scroll's poignant history.
The Torah, from a small farming community called Uhrineves in Czechoslovakia, is one of 1,564 such scrolls seized by Nazis as they deported Czech Jews to concentration camps and death camps.
Name of source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10-30-07)
The recording, set down 93 years ago on a contraption known as the "Kinetophone," is far from pristine, both in quality and performance. Amid static, the greatest steelmaker of the 19th century and the father of modern philanthropy clears his voice twice and stumbles a few times before finding his groove at the end of the six-minute track. Raising and lowering his high-pitched voice for emphasis, Mr. Carnegie hammers home his message about the responsibility of millionaires to give away their fortunes: "The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during life, will pass away un-wept, un-honored and un-sung . . . Of such as these the public verdict will then be: 'The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.'"
This is the only known chronicle of what the diminutive, white-haired icon of the Gilded Age actually sounded like. Earlier this month, a digitally restored copy of the Jan. 20, 1914, recording was given to Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon by James Mellon II, a great-great grandson of Mr. Carnegie's Pittsburgh contemporary, "Judge" Thomas Mellon, during a philanthropic medal ceremony in Oakland. Another honoree, Eli Broad of Los Angeles, cited Mr. Carnegie's "The Gospel of Wealth" as an influence on his own philosophy of giving, saying that "he who gives while he lives knows where it goes."
Name of source: Jerusalem Post
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post (10-29-07)
It was a day of surprises for the Turks, one that had been planned far in advance: Already in May 1917, General Philip Chetwode wrote his Notes on the Palestine Campaign, which outlined a suggested plan of attack. There he suggested that the approaching Third Battle of Gaza should move inland and center around a relatively loosely guarded east flank of Beersheba. The Turks, he suggested, would not anticipate the mounted attack due to the scarcity of water for horses and soldiers alike. Chetwode, however, claimed that it would be easier and more efficient to secretly engineer water access to the area than to break through the more heavily guarded Gaza area.
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post (10-29-07)
The exhibition, which opens on Thursday, focuses on more than a dozen of the scores of Muslim Albanians previously recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations" - the Holocaust center's highest honor - for risking their lives to save Jews during World War II.
The exhibit, titled "BESA: A Code of Honor - Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust," is a collection of photographs by the American photographer Norman Gershman of the Albanian Righteous and their families, accompanied by short texts.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (10-30-07)
McKeon has requested a $50,000 earmark to explore the possibility of building a museum in the town that every Memorial Day weekend holds the biggest mule celebration in the United States.
It might sound preposterous but McKeon is doing what many of his House colleagues are doing -- appropriating federal funds for pet projects back home.
McKeon has requested funds for studying the feasibility of building the museum and providing support for operations.
According to the Congressional spending watchdog group, Americans for Prosperity, House members this year alone seek to spend $13.7 million in tax dollars on 63 museum-related expenses.
SOURCE: CNN (10-30-07)
It was Cheney's second visit to Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club in Dutchess County, about 70 miles north of New York City. The previous trip was in fall 2001.
Although a heavy police presence kept the media and curious local residents at a distance, Cheney's visit did stir up a bit of controversy when a New York Daily News photographer snapped a picture of a small Confederate flag hanging inside a garage on the hunt club property.
The photo was shown to New York City civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, who issued a statement demanding that the vice president "leave immediately, denounce the club and apologize for going to a club that represents lynching, hate and murder to black people."
SOURCE: CNN (10-29-07)
Ford preferred former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani because he feared Cheney had become a "liability" to President Bush, according to the book's author.
CNN obtained an advance copy of "Write It When I'm Gone," and interviewed author Thomas DeFrank.
Ford privately gave New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton high marks, saying she was "tougher and stronger" than her husband, who Ford said he had mixed feelings about, DeFrank said.
While Ford thought Bill Clinton was the best pure politician he had ever seen, he felt Clinton needed therapy for sex addiction.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-28-07)
The new center, which opened Sunday, is the first stage in an overall makeover of the Bergen-Belsen camp — razed by the Allies in the postwar years — to more accurately document prisoners' experiences there. It draws on archive material that came to light in the 1990s, after the end of the Cold War, as well as contributions from around 340 survivors.
The new exhibit contains photographs, prisoners' records and objects from the camp donated by the survivors themselves, as well as many oral histories from the former inmates.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (10-28-07)
But as the European project prepares for its debut early next year, the 80 museums, film institutes and national libraries involved are facing the reality of limited government funding for the enormous task of digitizing material, and they are now developing a new realism about striking a variety of alliances with private companies, including national deals with Google.
"The basic problem is that there isn't enough money to digitize everything we want to," said Stephen Bury, head of European and American collections at the British national library, which is digitizing 100,000 out-of-print books from the 19th century with its partner, Microsoft.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (10-31-07)
Every time he woke up to the flashbacks of horrific killing scenes, he shut his eyes tight and tried to turn his mind away from something he no longer wanted to think about.
But Makino, 84, also felt he had to speak out about his wartime experiences to as many people as possible during the final years of his life.
"These were nothing but living-body experiments," Makino said as he sat on a bench wearing just his pajamas at a hospital in the western Japanese city of Osaka, making some of his last comments before he died earlier this year.
SOURCE: AFP (10-29-07)
It was a short and painful voyage for the docile little stray, which died within hours after launch, but a crowning coup for the Soviet Union.
Only a month earlier, Moscow had humiliated the United States by lobbing Sputnik, the world's first satellite, into orbit.
Sputnik 2 added another thick layer of insult, expanding Moscow's lead in the emerging space race just as the USSR was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution.
SOURCE: AFP (10-30-07)
The "law of historical memory" would ban political rallies from being held at the mausoleum in celebration of Spain's former dictator or his ideological mentor Primo de Rivera who is also buried there.
Every November 20 -- the anniversary of Franco's death in 1975 and that of Rivera in 1936 -- supporters of the late dictator stage a ceremony in honor of the two leaders at the Valley of the Fallen.
The law could also lead to the removal of two large stone shields in honor of the Franco regime located at the entry to the mausoleum under a requirement that all symbols of the dictatorship be removed from public buildings.
Churches with plaques commemorating Franco and the victims of his republican opponents risk losing state aid if they refuse to remove them.
The law would declare "illegitimate" the verdicts of summary trials the Franco regime staged against people suspected of opposing it.
Name of source: Christian Today
SOURCE: Christian Today (10-30-07)
But as local mayors look to the future, some are thinking the unthinkable and threatening to demolish the crumbling churches they have to fund, prompting cries of sacrilege from a heritage lobby that says the French way of life is under attack.
Hundreds of 19th-century edifices face the wrecker's ball or wilful neglect, a crisis that reflects deeper shifts in society including the exodus from rural areas and falling church attendance, as well as spiralling upkeep costs.
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (10-30-07)
The individuals were members of a socially complex society, traveling between islands hundreds of miles away, a new study suggests.
The finding could solve a long-held debate over whether the Lapita people, thought to be ancestors of the Polynesians, were isolated on individual islands or interacted with other distant Lapita tribes to find marriage partners, exchange information and maintain social ties.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (10-26-07)
Around 5,000 people joined 27 bishops and cardinals to honour Franz Jaegerstaetter, a devout Catholic who died in 1943, aged 37.
"He gave his life in mighty-hearted self-denial and with an upright conscience, in loyalty to the gospel and for the dignity of mankind," Pope Benedict wrote in a Latin message read out during the service in Linz.
SOURCE: Reuters (10-30-07)
Putin, a former KGB spy, marked Russia's annual day of remembrance for the victims of Stalin's purges with a visit to Butovo, a military training ground near Moscow where tens of thousands of people were executed by firing squads.
Millions of people were executed under Stalin and many more perished from abuse and disease in a vast network of prison camps, known as the Gulags.
The victims included priests and royalists but also huge numbers of people who were simply caught up in an indiscriminate spiral of killing. This year Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the bloodiest period of the purges.
Putin attended a memorial service with Patriarch Alexiy II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, after passing a field criss-crossed with mass graves.
"We know very well that 1937 was the peak of the purges but this year was well prepared by years of cruelty," Putin said beside a mass grave after laying flowers at a memorial.
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
The disclosure was strongly resisted by the intelligence bureaucracy, and for that very reason it may have significant repercussions for national security classification policy.
Although the aggregate intelligence budget figures for 1997 and 1998 ($26.6 and $26.7 billion respectively) had previously been disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the Federation of American Scientists, intelligence officials literally swore under oath that any further disclosures would damage national security.
"Information about the intelligence budget is of great interest to nations and non-state groups (e.g., terrorists and drug traffickers) wishing to calculate the strengths and weaknesses of the United States and their own points of vulnerability to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies," then-DCI George J. Tenet told a federal court in April 2003, explaining his position that disclosure of the intelligence budget total would cause"serious damage" to the United States.
Even historical budget information from half a century ago"must be withheld from public disclosure... because its release would tend to reveal intelligence methods," declared then-acting DCI John E. McLaughlin in a 2004 lawsuit, also filed by FAS.
Deferring to executive authority, federal judges including Judge Thomas F. Hogan and Judge Ricardo M. Urbina accepted these statements at face value and ruled in favor of continued secrecy.
But now it appears that such information may safely be disclosed after all.
Because the new disclosure is so sharply at odds with past practice, it may introduce some positive instability into a recalcitrant classification system. The question implicitly arises, if intelligence officials were wrong to classify this information, what other data are they wrongly withholding?
Some historical background on U.S. intelligence spending may be found here .
And see"2007 Spying Said to Cost $50 Billion" by Walter Pincus, Washington Post, October 30 .
Name of source: Waco Tribune
SOURCE: Waco Tribune (10-30-07)
But for Ernesto Calderon, a Mexican-American and Waco native with roots in the Chicano movement, the statue carries the symbolism a 70-foot-tall noose could hold for an African-American.
The proposal to erect a towering Texas Ranger statue outside Waco’s official museum has caused some local Hispanics to revisit horror stories about the Rangers that they grew up hearing from their parents and grandparents.
Meanwhile, museum officials are attempting to give the statue a “generic” design, not representative of any race in particular. Inside the museum, Johnson said, there is a balanced approach to Ranger history that he expects the museum to improve in the coming years.
The stories Hispanics recall are born out of a bloodstained era during the Mexican Revolution when hundreds — perhaps thousands — of Mexican-Americans were killed by Rangers and vigilantes.
Stories continue into the ’60s and ’70s when Rangers were called in to break up labor strikes organized by Latino civil rights activists.
Such stories — some confirmed by historians — continue to be a lingering wound for some Hispanics that smarts at first mention of the words “Texas Rangers.”
Name of source: http://dsc.discovery.com
SOURCE: http://dsc.discovery.com (10-15-07)
Ian Gilligan, a postgraduate researcher from the Australian National University, says his theory also explains why Aboriginal Australians were not generally farmers.
Gilligan says they did not need fiber for clothing, so had no reason to grow crops like cotton.
He argues his case in the current issue of the Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association.
"Conventional thinking assumes that the transition to farming was related to people's need to find new ways of getting food," said Gilligan. "That doesn't really make sense for a number of reasons."
Name of source: Herald Sun (Australia)
SOURCE: Herald Sun (Australia) (10-26-07)
"Our database this far is only 20-25 percent of the total number. This is a result of the work conducted by hundreds of people in many regions throughout nearly 20 years," Arseny Roginsky said as quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.
The group issued 5000 copies of the database, Mr Roginsky said.
A total of 12.5 million people are estimated to have fallen victim to the purges, which began in 1937 with mass show trials against Communist leaders and Red Army generals.
Name of source: http://www.citizen-times.com/
SOURCE: http://www.citizen-times.com/ (10-25-07)
A warrant was served Oct. 15 on Richard Hill, a detention officer with the Gaston County Sheriff's Department, Gaston County Chief Deputy Tim Farris said Monday.
The warrant was issued in Madison County, where the grave lies. It was taken out by Sheila Grindstaff of Mars Hill, a great-great granddaughter of the soldier.
According to the warrant, Hill, apparently a sixth-generation descendant, "tore down and removed a tombstone on the grave" of Stephen S. Shook, who is buried in a family cemetery behind Upper Laurel Baptist Church near Mars Hill, "then replaced the stone with a Confederate stone."
According to the warrant, Shook was "a Union soldier who died on June 10, 1902."
But before that he was a Confederate, the family agrees.
Name of source: http://www.independentmail.com
SOURCE: http://www.independentmail.com (10-25-07)
To H.K. Edgerton, however, it’s a march for truth in history as critical as any march for civil rights. Mr. Edgerton’s march Thursday carried him to Oconee County.
When it comes to the role of blacks in the Confederacy, Mr. Edgerton is less than happy about the story.
“This flag has nothing to do with hate,” Mr. Edgerton said of the starred red, white and blue St. Andrew’s Cross battle flag he carried. “It’s the flag of Southern heritage, black and white.”
The 58-year-old former head of the NAACP chapter in Asheville left his city Oct. 20 to recreate the 1,600-mile “March across Dixie” in which he tramped to Austin, Tex., in 2002. He marched specifically to protest the removal of plaques honoring the Confederacy from the Texas statehouse.
Name of source: Science Daily
SOURCE: Science Daily (10-29-07)
A team of 21 researchers, led by Ripan Malhi, a geneticist in the department of anthropology at the University of Illinois, has a new set of ideas. One is a striking hypothesis that seems to map the peopling process during the pioneering phase and well beyond, and at the same time show that there was much more genetic diversity in the founder population than was previously thought.
“Our phylogeographic analysis of a new mitochondrial genome dataset allows us to draw several conclusions,” the authors wrote.
“First, before spreading across the Americas, the ancestral population paused in Beringia long enough for specific mutations to accumulate that separate the New World founder lineages from their Asian sister-clades.” (A clade is a group of mitochondrial DNAs (mtDNAs ) that share a recent common ancestor, Malhi said. Sister-clades would include two groups of mtDNAs that each share a recent common ancestor and the common ancestor for each clade is closely related.)
Or, to express this first conclusion another way, the ancestors of Native Americans who first left Siberia for greener pastures perhaps as much as 30,000 years ago, came to a standstill on Beringia – a landmass that existed during the last glacial maximum that extended from Northeastern Siberia to Western Alaska, including the Bering land bridge – and they were isolated there long enough – as much as 15,000 years – to maturate and differentiate themselves genetically from their Asian sisters.
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (10-29-07)
Archive General Counsel Meredith Fuchs explained, "The pressing need for the information arises out of troubling representations by the EOP and its components about its document preservation obligations and the location of its backup tapes. We need information so we can take steps to preserve all possible sources of e-mails deleted from the White House servers."
Also on Friday, a similar motion was filed in a virtually identical lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on September 25, 2007.
The Archive filed this case on September 5, 2007, against the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and its components seeking to recover at least 5 million federal e-mail records improperly deleted by the EOP. After the government failed to provide adequate assurances that backups and copies of the missing e-mail would be preserved throughout this litigation, on October 11, 2007, CREW filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the White House defendants in its case. A hearing in CREW's case was held before Magistrate Judge Facciola on October 17, 2007. Magistrate Judge Facciola issued a Report and Recommendation on October 19, 2007, advising the Court to grant a temporary restraining order. The government has filed objections to Magistrate Judge Facciola's Report and Recommendation, and CREW has responded to the government's objections.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (10-29-07)
At Michigan State University Friday, Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party who was convicted in 1998 for incitement of racial hatred over material denying the Holocaust, was brought to campus for a speech denouncing Islam. Griffin acknowledges having been a Holocaust denier, but says he no longer is one. His party is on record opposing black-white marriages, believing that black people are less intelligent than white people, and saying that ethnic minorities should be limited to 2-3 percent of the population of any given area in Britain.
Griffin was invited to Michigan State by the campus chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. He was supposed to give a one-hour talk about Islam and then answer questions for an hour, but audience members started shouting at him shortly after he started his talk and he shifted to Q&A format so he could answer what was being shouted at him.