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07-23-2005, 12:42 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Far from making him better, the medication used to treat the madness of England's King George III may actually have made him worse, according to research published Friday.;_ylt=Ame5jJb275.PM3qKdQ5T5sCs0NU E;_ylu=X3oDMTA3NW1oMDRpBHNlYwM3NTc-

07-24-2005, 01:15 PM
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft Corp. ditched the code name Longhorn on Friday, announcing the next version of its flagship Windows operating system will be called Windows Vista.

The world's largest software maker also said it will release the first of two test versions to developers and information technology professionals by Aug. 3.

The company did not say when

07-24-2005, 01:18 PM first pedal stroke to last, Armstrong remains the master

PARIS (AP) -- Each year, the course has been different. Each year, the result the same. For a half-dozen years now, Tour de France organizers have tried to come up with a setup that would shake up Lance Armstrong, much the same way the golfing lords of Augusta National set out to ``Tiger-proof'' their course. And just like Tiger Woods, the 33-year-old Texan would not be deterred. On the eve of a remarkable seventh straight win, despite racing at an age when all of cycling's other greats were finished, Armstrong's vise grip on the most grueling test in sports remains as strong as ever.

07-25-2005, 07:56 AM
Lance Armstrong closed out his amazing career with a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory Sunday. Story (

07-27-2005, 07:48 AM
security forces are hunting 10 would-be suicide bombers and have foiled a plot for a major attack, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's national security adviser said Tuesday.

Norberto Gonzales said he was worried about possible attacks in Manila following the terror bombings in London and Egypt

07-27-2005, 07:50 AM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The man charged in the kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial Tuesday.

The decision by Judge Judith Atherton will send Brian David Mitchell to a state hospital until he is deemed capable of standing trial.

07-27-2005, 07:55 AM
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A University of New England researcher is working to breed a tropical aquarium fish in captivity in an effort to take pressure off fragile ecosystems in Southeast Asia that are being damaged by unsustainable harvesting of exotic fish species.

Jeri Fox is raising a pair of foxface rabbitfish in a tank in a basement lab at the university. The fish are distinctive with bright yellow fins, bulging eyes and puckered lips.

Trading in tropical aquarium fish began in the 1930s in Sri Lanka. The modern industry, estimated to be worth at least $200 million annually, still relies heavily on poor coastal communities in southeast Asia.

While the trade can provide good jobs in depressed areas and can contribute to the conservation of coral reefs, many harvesting practices are thought to be unsustainable, according to a 2003 United Nations report.

The report cites problems such as overfishing, the collection of live rock, and the use of sodium cyanide to stun and catch fish. Also troubling is the destruction of coral reefs, which support one-third of the planet's marine fish species, the report says.

"The aquarium trade will continue. It's not going to stop," Fox said. "So we want to supply it with fish that are raised, not destructively removed from the wild."

Efforts are under way to change how the fish are caught. In 2001, the Marine Aquarium Council, a nonprofit organization based in Honolulu, introduced certification standards for shippers and importers. It also is working with fishermen in Indonesia and the Philippines to develop fishery management plans.

At the same time, some scientists are successfully breeding certain aquarium fish in captivity. In Terre Haute, Ind., Dan Denker raises clownfish, seahorses and coral.

Denker said that growing coral outside the ocean helps marine ecosystems because it reduces the demand for naturally occurring coral, which supports a host of underwater species.

"It does take stress off the oceans," he said.

But only a small percentage of the roughly 1,500 tropical fish species traded worldwide have been bred successfully in captivity, and the foxface rabbitfish is not among them.

A key reason is the fish's small size, only about two millimeters at spawning. The fish's mouth is no more than half a millimeter wide, making it difficult to provide appropriate food.

Breeding tropical fish involves reproducing the species' spawning conditions as closely as possible. That can mean analyzing the protein content of the fish's eggs to try to replicate its diet, and using lights to simulate the lunar cycle.

The process can be painstaking, and some scientists have been trying to breed the same species for 15 years, said Fox.

The foxface rabbitfish is not being taken from the ocean in a conscientious way, she said, which makes it a good candidate for captive breeding.


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07-27-2005, 07:57 AM
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian surgeons on Tuesday successfully separated 11-month-old girls who were conjoined at the chest and stomach.

The girls, Mariana and Mariani, were in a "good condition," said Dessy, a nurse who helped with the six-hour operation in the north Sumatran capital, Medan. Dessy, who like many Indonesians uses one name, declined to give other details.

The girls' parents prayed with surgeons before the operation.

07-28-2005, 02:23 PM
BOMBAY, India (AP) - India's financial capital was paralyzed Wednesday by the strongest rains ever recorded in the nation, with torrential downpours marooning drivers, snapping communication lines and leaving at least 200 people dead statewide.

07-28-2005, 02:25 PM
Investigators trying to determine what happened to Natalee Holloway focused their search efforts Wednesday on a pond near where the U.S. teen was last seen nearly two months ago.

07-28-2005, 02:28 PM
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Hawaii to celebrate 100th jubilee of Filipino immigration (12:43 p.m.)

WAIPAHU, Hawaii -- Benjamin Saguibo credits his life's accomplishments to his parents' immigration from the Philippines to Hawaii in search of a better life.

He credits them for the 60-cents-an-hour wage he made pumping gas when he was 18, and for the $2.75 an hour he later got as a construction worker building military homes at Schofield Barracks.

"It's a good thing our parents came to Hawaii," said Saguibo, 69, now business manager and secretary-treasurer for the Laborer's International Union Local 368, a position he rose to from his construction worker days. "It was lucky for us."

Next year will mark 100 years since a group of 15 farm workers, also known as "sakada," left the Philippines in 1906 and came to the Big Island to work in sugarcane fields. Waves of immigrants that followed brought the state's Filipino-American population to more than 275,000, second only to
California, where more than 1 million live.

And to commemorate the stories of struggle and success of Filipino immigrants, the Filipino Centennial Celebration Commission is planning yearlong festivities beginning December 10.

At a news conference Wednesday at the Filipino Community Center, the commission unveiled the events planned for 2006, including concerts, parades, cultural exhibits, a film festival and a historical dramatization of the first Filipinos to arrive in Hawaii.

"This is a way for us to look back on where we came from, where we are today, and what the future holds for the next generation of Filipino youth," said Elias Beniga, chairman of the commission.

The celebration has also received state support.

Governor Linda Lingle, honorary chairwoman of Hawaii's Filipino Centennial Celebration, gave the commission a $50,000 (euro41,700) check on top of the $150,000 (euro125,104) in state appropriations she released
last year.

The Filipino migration to Hawaii, Lingle said, is "really the story of America, a country where a group of people ... had the opportunity to excel."

"Their willingness to sacrifice paid off," Lingle said, also announcing she would make her first trip to the Philippines in January.

Jeoffrey Cudiamat, president of the Filipino Junior Chamber of Commerce, praised the achievements Filipinos have made, noting that many have become doctors, lawyers, lawmakers, and even governor.

Former Governor Ben Cayetano, who served from 1994-2002, was the first Filipino American to win a state's highest office.

"We are at a better advantage compared to what the 'sakada' had to go through," Cudiamat said.

Lito Alcantara, founder and president of the contracting firm Group Builders, also said he owed all he has acquired in his career to Filipino immigrants.

"We have accomplished a lot," he said. "Without their sacrifice, there would have been no opportunities." (AP)

07-31-2005, 09:07 AM
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - Police and volunteers used heavy equipment, shovels and trained dogs Saturday to pick through a landfill where a witness claimed he saw men dumping a female body two days after an Alabama teenager vanished (

07-31-2005, 09:16 AM
KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Bernama) -- National diver, James Sandayud hopes his experience at the FINA 2005 world diving championship recently will help him improve his diving techniques in preparation for SEA Games in Manila in November.

"I learnt a lot from the other divers at the meet. They were consistent and energetic in each dive," he said when contacted by Bernama here Saturday.

The 18-year-old from Kota Kinabalu was for the first time paired with Olympian Bryan Nickson Lomas to participate in the men's 10m platform duet at the meet being held from July 17-31 in Montreal, Canada.

They finished a creditable 10th in the event with a total of 314.6 points.


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07-31-2005, 09:18 AM
Editor's Note: Published on page A1 of the July 31, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IF POLITICS were gambling, the odds are still largely in favor of embattled President Macapagal-Arroyo surviving the current political turbulence and completing her full six-year term, US investment bank Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. has predicted.

In a report dated July 22, Bear Stearns analyst John Stuermer said there was a 50-60 percent probability that Ms Arroyo would last until 2010, a slim 23-35 percent chance that she would be given a "graceful exit" via a new constitution and a 15-20 percent posibilility she would be impeached by Congress.

The analyst also ruled out the President's removal from office via another people power uprising, given the decision of the military and the church to stay neutral.

While admitting that Ms Arroyo's remaining in office was not a strong case scenario, Stuermer noted that its likelihood was still stronger than the two alternative scenarios given the weakness of evidence implicating her.

07-31-2005, 02:51 PM
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08-01-2005, 12:50 PM
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08-05-2005, 03:49 PM
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08-05-2005, 04:01 PM
A great good statesman just passed away...:( ...sayang...

08-08-2005, 02:00 PM
MIAMI (AP) - The ninth named storm of the busy Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Irene, formed Sunday but posed no immediate threat to land, forecasters said.
Farther north in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Harvey weakened with top sustained winds of 50 mph, down from 60 mph on Saturday. Harvey was about 620 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and moving northeast near 13 mph.
At 11 p.m. EDT, Irene was located about 1,025 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving to the west-northwest near 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The system had sustained winds of 40 mph, just above the 39 mph threshold for a tropical storm. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its sustained winds reach 74 mph.
The hurricane center said Irene was poorly organized and little strengthening was forecast during the next day. The center's five-day projection indicates the storm will make a turn to the north, bringing it east of Bermuda.
Irene was the earliest ninth named storm on record for the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
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08-08-2005, 02:28 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jennings, the suave, Canadian-born broadcaster who delivered the news to Americans each night in five separate decades, died Sunday. He was 67.
Jennings, who announced in April that he had lung cancer, died at his New York home, ABC News President David Westin said late Sunday.
"Peter has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways. None of us will be the same without him," Westin said.
With Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, Jennings was part of a triumvirate that dominated network news for more than two decades, through the birth of cable news and the Internet. His smooth delivery and years of international reporting experience made him particularly popular among urban dwellers.
Jennings dominated the ratings from the late 1980s to the mid-'90s, when Brokaw surpassed him. He remained a Canadian until 2003, when he became a U.S. citizen, saying it had nothing to do with his politics - he did it for his family.
"He was a warm and loving and surprisingly sentimental man," said Ted Koppel, a longtime friend and fellow anchor.
Jennings deeply regretted not finishing school, and he would have wanted that lesson passed along, Koppel said. He made up for it by becoming a student of the world, studying cultures and their people for the rest of his life.
"No one could ad lib like Peter," said Barbara Walters. "Sometimes he drove me crazy because he knew so many details.
"He just died much too young."
Jennings was the face of ABC News whenever a big story broke. He logged more than 60 hours on the air during the week of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, offering a soothing sense of continuity during a troubled time.
"There are a lot of people who think our job is to reassure the public every night that their home, their community and their nation is safe," he told author Jeff Alan. "I don't subscribe to that at all. I subscribe to leaving people with essentially - sorry it's a cliche - a rough draft of history. Some days it's reassuring, some days it's absolutely destructive."
Jennings' announcement four months ago that the longtime smoker would begin treatment for lung cancer came as a shock.
"I will continue to do the broadcast," he said, his voice husky, in a taped message that night. "On good days, my voice will not always be like this."
But although Jennings occasionally came to the office between chemotherapy treatments, he never again appeared on the air.
"He knew that it was an uphill struggle. But he faced it with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones," Westin said. "In the end, he was not."
Broadcasting was the family business for Jennings. His father, Charles Jennings, was the first person to anchor a nightly national news program in Canada and later became head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s news division. A picture of his father was displayed prominently in Jennings' office off ABC's newsroom.
Charles Jennings' son had a Saturday morning radio show in Ottawa at age 9. Jennings never completed high school or college, and began his career as a news reporter at a radio station in Brockton, Ontario. He quickly earned an anchor job at Canadian Television.
Sent south to cover the Democratic national convention in 1964, the handsome, dashing correspondent was noticed by ABC's news president. Jennings was offered a reporting job and left Canada for New York.
As the third-place news network, ABC figured its only chance was to go after young viewers. Jennings was picked to anchor the evening news and debuted on Feb. 1, 1965. He was 26.
"It was a little ridiculous when you think about it," Jennings told author Barbara Matusow. "A twenty-six-year-old trying to compete with Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley. I was simply unqualified."
Critics savaged him as a pretty face unfit for the promotion. Using the Canadian pronunciations for some words and once misidentifying the Marine Corps' anthem as "Anchors Aweigh" didn't help his reputation. The experiment ended three years later.
He later described the humbling experience as an opportunity, "because I was obliged to figure out who I was and what I really wanted to be."
Assigned as a foreign correspondent, Jennings thrived. He established an ABC News bureau in Beirut, and became an expert on the Middle East. He won a Peabody Award for a 1974 profile of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
On the scene at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Jennings was perfectly placed to cover the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes by an Arab terrorist group. He and a crew hid in the athletes' quarters for a close-in view of the drama.
Jennings returned to the evening news a decade after his unceremonious departure. In 1978, ABC renamed its broadcast "World News Tonight," and instituted a three-person anchor team: Frank Reynolds based in Washington, Max Robinson from Chicago and Jennings, by then ABC's chief foreign correspondent, from London.
Following Reynolds' death from cancer, ABC abandoned the multi-anchor format and Jennings became sole anchor on Sept. 5, 1983.
Starting in 1986, Jennings began a decade on top of the ratings. His international experience served him well explaining stories like the collapse of European communism, the first Gulf War and the terrorist bombing of an airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland. He took pride that "World News Tonight," as its name suggested, took a more worldly view than its rivals. Fans responded to his smart, controlled style.
"When it's clearly an emotional experience for the audience, the anchor should not add his or her emotional layers," Jennings said in an interview with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
Two-thirds of local broadcasters responding to a 1993 survey by Broadcasting & Cable magazine said Jennings was the best network news anchor. Washington Journalism Review named him anchor of the year three straight years.
With Americans looking more inward in the mid to late-1990s, NBC's Tom Brokaw surpassed Jennings in the ratings. ABC was still a close No. 2, however. When Brokaw stepped down in November 2004, followed shortly by Rather, ABC began an advertising campaign stressing Jennings' experience - an ironic twist given how his ABC News career began.
But ABC was never able to learn whether Jennings could take advantage of his role as an elder statesman; his cancer diagnosis came only a month after Rather left the anchor chair.
Jennings was proud of his Canadian citizenship, although it was occasionally a sore point with some critics. When Jennings spoke at the dedication of a museum celebrating the U.S. Constitution in 2003, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told him, "not bad for a Canadian."
Jennings whispered back his secret: He had just passed a test earning him dual citizenship in the United States.
"My decision to do this has nothing to do with politics," Jennings told The Associated Press at the time. "It has nothing to do with my profession. It has everything to do with my family."
Restlessly curious, Jennings pushed ABC News to use the turn of the century for a massive historical study. He co-wrote a book, "The Century," with Todd Brewster and anchored a marathon 25-hour special ending Jan. 1, 2000. Jennings and Brewster also traveled the backroads to write "In Search of America."
Jennings also led a documentary team at ABC News, which struck a chord in 2000 with the high-rated spiritual special "The Search for Jesus."
"I have never spent a day in my adult life where I didn't learn something," Jennings told the Saturday Evening Post. "And if there is a born-again quality to me, that's it."
Like Rather and Brokaw, Jennings wasn't entirely comfortable stuck to a studio. He traveled around the world to cover stories and, when he didn't journey to Asia to cover the aftermath of the tsunami less than four months before his cancer diagnosis, it was noticed.
He is survived by his wife, Kayce Freed, and his two children, Elizabeth, 25, and Christopher, 23.

08-12-2005, 05:44 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Lucille Ball is America's most beloved dead star. The company that developed the "Q score" that broadcasters and advertisers quietly consult to measure a personality's popularity has done a survey that tests the reputation of performers who have gone on to that big soundstage in the sky.
The redheaded sitcom star of the 1950s and '60s, who died in 1989, has topped past "Dead Q" lists as her comedies seemingly live forever on television, said Steve Levitt, president of Marketing Evaluations, Inc., which conducts the tests.
"What is there not to like about Lucy?" he said.
Bob Hope, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Red Skelton follow her on the popularity list.
For 41 years, Levitt's company has given consumers a list of names and asked if they know the people and to rate how much they like them. From their responses they calculate the Q score, a measure of both familiarity and likability.
Advertising executives use the information to make sponsorship decisions, while broadcasters check Q scores to see how well their news and entertainment stars are connecting.
Tom Hanks has been the most popular live star in the last few surveys.
Dead stars still do business, though. Coors used film clips of Wayne in a popular commercial, while Fred Astaire has danced to hawk a vacuum cleaner.
"Some of these deceased personalities have Q scores equal to or greater than some of the live personalities we measure," Levitt said.
Two performers are relatively new to the list: Johnny Carson and John Ritter were both ranked among the 10 most popular dead stars.
Others offer a reminder of television's power to keep people figuratively alive; "The Honeymooners" star Jackie Gleason, who died in 1987, is still remembered and beloved.
"Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz and Michael Landon fill out the top 10.
Out of 169 personalities tested, diet doctor Robert Atkins had the lowest score. Tupac Shakur and Johnnie Cochran also have high negative ratings, Levitt said.
The national survey was conducted by mail questionnaire.

08-12-2005, 05:46 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - One woman married serial killer Ted Bundy after his conviction. A prison psychologist, jilting her husband, fell in love with an inmate and helped him escape. And this week, a former prison nurse stands accused of killing a guard on behalf of a convicted robber she had married while he was behind bars.
Experts say these startling but not uncommon cases often involve manipulation on the criminal's part and self-deception by women who are craving a new mission in their lives.
"In some cases, it's a question of adding spice to life," said Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox. "There are cases of successful women with jobs and families who felt their life was somewhat tame, and this was a way they broke away from the mundane routine."
Kristy Holtfreter, a Florida State University criminologist, said she wasn't surprised that a former nurse is accused in the courthouse shooting Tuesday in Tennessee that left a guard dead and enabled her husband to escape. The couple, Jennifer and George Hyatte, were caught late Wednesday in Ohio.
"We often see women in these cases from the 'helping' professions - nursing, education - who might be more likely to sympathize with the males in these situations - to see these dangerous individuals in a different light," Holtfreter said.
The case of Bundy - who confessed to more than 30 killings - is particularly striking.
As details emerged during his trial of how he preyed on young women, he received a flood of love letters and female fans flocked to the courtroom. During a second trial, he married one of the admirers, Carole Ann Boone, who bore their child but divorced him before his execution in 1989.
Some other notable cases:
_Prison psychologist Elizabeth Feil had an affair with an inmate at Maryland Correctional Institution, then helped him and a convicted murderer stage a short-lived escape in 1999. Feil, whose husband was stunned to learn of the affair, served six months in jail; her defense lawyer contended that lifelong low self-esteem allowed her to be manipulated by inmates in her care.
_An acclaimed Canadian poet, Susan Musgrave, married a convicted bank robber while he was in prison, had two children with him after his release, and helped edit a best-selling novel he wrote about his past. But after 12 years of freedom, the husband, Stephen Reid, went back behind bars in 1999, sentenced to 18 years for his role in a bungled bank robbery that triggered a chase and a shootout.
_A prison guard three weeks away from her 24th wedding anniversary helped an inmate escape from a Tennessee prison last year, and was captured along with him six days later at a motel in Texas. Relatives said Vicki Sanford, then 51, even got a new tattoo prior to the escape that matched one worn by the inmate, who was serving time for attempted murder.
Rona Fields, a Washington, D.C., psychologist who has worked with prison inmates and staff, said interpersonal relationships in a prison setting can evolve in ways that might seem strange in the outside world.
"Someone who's a nurse - she probably saw treatment of inmates she thought was harsh, and she was in a position where they could tell her their troubles," Fields said. "All it takes is someone who is manipulative to take advantage of someone showing sympathy."
If Jennifer Hyatte is convicted of murder, said Fields, "she has forfeited her life. ... It takes an almost suicidal impulse to give your life for (such) a cause."
Elicka Peterson, a criminologist at Appalachian State University, says crimes by women often are committed on behalf of or in collaboration with a male romantic partner.
"For those women who appear to be so much more accomplished than the men, it strikes me that this can be an exaggerated way to rebel," Peterson said. "They're drawn to something that they know other people won't approve of."
"They can romanticize that situation into something appealingly seductive - 'Here we are so in love, we're so different, nobody understands you but me,'" Peterson said.
Northeastern's Fox, who has just completed a book on serial killers, said romance with a murderer may make some women feel special.
"They think, 'Only I see the goodness in him - he shares it only with me,'" Fox said. "Some women find that to be very exciting, that they were able to break through the monstrous image that other people have."
In other cases, Fox said, women become convinced that a certain man has been wrongly convicted and make it their life's work to try to clear him.
Charles Figley, a psychologist and trauma expert who like Holtfreter is at Florida State, said vulnerabilities of some of the women in these cases are often exploited by men who may be sociopaths.
"I am constantly underestimating the power and influence of these people who really don't have a social conscience - they set out on a goal, and they succeed, doing anything they need to get their way," Figley said. "The women tend to come from a background of being relatively shy, relatively introverted - sociopaths spot them immediately."

08-12-2005, 10:29 AM
British Airways Cancels All Heathrow Flights Over Labor Dispute Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) --

British Airways Plc, Europe's third largest airline, has canceled all flights to and from London's Heathrow airport until at least 6 p.m. today after the carrier's baggage handlers and ground staff stopped working in support of a labor dispute.
The airline took the decision after canceling 121 flights yesterday, affecting 40,000 passengers. The London-based carrier, which put up an unspecified number of passengers in hotels overnight, doesn't yet know how much the dispute will cost the company, said a spokeswoman, who declined to be identified.
Shares in British Airways fell 1.3 percent yesterday to 292.25 pence in London. The stock has gained 24 percent this year.
The 1,000 striking baggage handlers and ground staff are members of the Transport and General Workers Union, the same union as workers of the Gate Gourmet airline catering company that fired 350 employees on Aug. 10. Gate Gourmet provides meals to British Airways and other airlines.
``Due to the uncertainty of the industrial situation at Heathrow and aircraft and flying crew being out of position, the airline has taken the decision to cancel all Heathrow flights,'' until 6 p.m. today, British Airways said in an e-mailed statement.
All Heathrow services operated by Qantas Airways Ltd., GB Airways, AirLanka, British Mediterranean and Finnair Oyj were also canceled yesterday as they are handled by British Airways, said BAA Plc spokeswoman Sarah Nock. Heathrow is one of seven U.K. airports run by BAA, the world's largest airport operator.
``This unprecedented move is a result of the crippling operational impact of unofficial industrial action,'' Rod Eddington, British Airways' chief executive officer, said in a statement. `I call upon Gate Gourmet's senior management and senior trade union officials to attend talks immediately to resolve the dispute.''
`Sacked Workers'
Gate Gourmet serves about 20 airlines including British Airways, United Airlines and American Airlines, according to the company's Web site. The company said it fired the employees after they took un-balloted strike action.
``The door for talks with the union is absolutely open,'' a spokesman for Gate Gourmet, who declined to be identified, said last night. ``The union knows that a radical restructuring of the company is needed.''
Bought by U.S. private equity firm Texas Pacific Group in December 2002, Gate Gourmet said in a statement that the company hasn't made a profit since 2000 and that without reorganizing will lose 25 million pounds this year.
``We want the workers reinstated,'' said a spokesman for the Transport and General Workers union, who declined to be identified. ``We've been trying to work with Gate Gourmet for months to find a solution.''
The union will today meet with representatives at Gate Gourmet, the spokesman said.
Other Gate Gourmet employees at Heathrow yesterday had to agree to lower wages or face losing their jobs, the union said in a statement, a copy of which was e-mailed to Bloomberg.
Heathrow, which is Europe's busiest airport and situated just west of London, handles over 50 percent of all British Airways flights, said Richard Goodfellow, a spokesman for the airline.
Shares of BAA dropped 3.5 pence to 605 pence in London.

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08-12-2005, 10:59 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Inspired by the documentary "Super Size Me," Merab Morgan decided to give a fast-food-only diet a try. The construction worker and mother of two ate only at McDonald's for 90 days - and dropped 37 pounds in the process.
It was a vastly different outcome than what happened in the documentary to filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who put on 30 pounds and saw his health deteriorate after 5,000 calories a day of nothing but McDonald's food.
Morgan, from Raleigh, thought the documentary had unfairly targeted the world's largest restaurant company, implying that the obese were victims of a careless corporate giant. People are responsible for what they eat, she said, not restaurants. The problem with a McDonald's-only diet isn't what's on the menu, but the choices made from it, she said.
"I thought it's two birds with one stone - to lose weight and to prove a point for the little fat people," Morgan said. "Just because they accidentally put an apple pie in my bag instead of my apple dippers doesn't mean I'm going to say, 'Oh, I can eat the apple pie.'"
Spurlock, who turned his surprise-hit movie into a TV show on the FX network, isn't talking about Morgan or the many other McDieters who have criticized his film and found success losing weight by eating healthy foods off the McDonald's menu, said his publicist, David Magdael.
One person went so far as to make her own independent film about dieting at McDonald's. "Me and Mickey D" follows Soso Whaley, of Kensington, N.H., as she spends three 30-day periods on the diet. She dropped from 175 to 139 pounds, eating 2,000 calories-a-day at McDonald's.
"I had to think about what I was eating," Whaley said. "I couldn't just walk in there and say 'I'll take a cinnamon bun and a Diet Coke.' ... I know a lot of people are really turned off by the whole thought of monitoring what they are eating, but that's part of the problem."
As might be expected, McDonald's also objected to the impressions left by Spurlock's film. Walt Riker, the company's vice president of corporate communications, said Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is pleased - but not surprised - that some customers have lost weight eating only at the fast-food giant.
Spurlock's film "really spurred a backlash based on common sense," Riker said.
Morgan used nutritional information downloaded from McDonald's Web site to create meal plans of no more than 1,400 calories a day. She only ate french fries twice, usually choosing burgers and salads. Those choices are a stark contrast with those made by Spurlock, who ate every menu item at least once.
At the end of the 90 days, she had dropped from 227 to 190 pounds.
"It feels great," she said. "Because, the truth of the matter is that beauty is power, and if you're fat, or your overweight, then people don't really take you seriously."
Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, agreed that a low-calorie, McDonald's-only diet can help people lose weight but said it may not offer enough long-term variety. Whatever an individual does to lose weight, they need to do for the rest of their life, she said.
Morgan said she hasn't decided if she will stick with the McDonald's-only plan to reach her goal of 150 pounds. But she does have one complaint about McDonald's.
"If I could suggest anything to McDonald's, I would suggest the McMargarita," Morgan said. "Dine-in only, of course."

08-12-2005, 11:04 AM
CHICAGO (AP) - Negro Leagues star Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, believed to be the oldest former professional baseball player, died Thursday. He was 103.
Radcliffe, given his nickname by sports writer Damon Runyon after catching Satchel Paige in the first game of a doubleheader in the 1932 Negro League World Series and pitching a shutout in the second game, died from complications after a long bout with cancer, the Chicago White Sox said.
In May, Radcliffe was among 14 Negro Leagues players honored in a ceremony at RFK Stadium before the Chicago Cubs played Washington.
A six-time All-Star - three times as a pitcher and three times as a catcher - Radcliffe apparently outlived all of his contemporaries in the Negro Leagues and players from his era in the majors. Strict records on the minor leagues from those days are not kept, but there are no living former players known to have been older than Radcliffe.
Radcliffe went on to play for more than 15 teams in the Negro Leagues from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. His brother, Alex, also played in the league.
Radcliffe roomed with Jackie Robinson with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945, two years before Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in the majors, and also managed in the Negro Leagues.
Neil V. Sullivan
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) - Neil V. Sullivan, a civil rights advocate who helped integrate schools in Massachusetts, Virginia and California, died Saturday. He was 90.
Sullivan died at his home of congestive heart failure, a family spokesman said Wednesday.
He was Massachusetts education commissioner during the struggle over busing to achieve integration in Boston schools in the early 1970s. An educational innovator, Sullivan also created a Youth Advisory Council to schools in Massachusetts, a move that led to a student seat on the state Board of Education.
In 1963, Sullivan ran a privately funded school for black children in Farmville, Va., after Prince Edward County closed its public schools in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.
The Prince Edward County Free Schools operated for more than a year until the Supreme Court ordered the county to provide free public education for all children.
Sullivan then moved Berkeley, Calif., where he became the principal architect of the "Berkeley Plan" that made Berkeley the first city of more than 100,000 to fully integrate its public schools.
Roy M. Voris
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Retired Navy Capt. Roy M. "Butch" Voris, a World War II ace and the first flight leader of the Blue Angels, died at his home in Monterey, Calif., on Wednesday, the precision flying team said Thursday. He was 86.
Voris was hand-picked by Adm. Chester Nimitz in 1946 to organize the Blue Angels, now based at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The team made its first public performance June 15 that year at Craig Field in Jacksonville.
Officially, the Blue Angels were created to boost Navy morale, recruiting and public relations, Voris said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1996, when the team celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Voris, however, said an underlying mission was to help the Navy generate public and political support for a bigger slice of the defense budget.
Voris shot down eight Japanese planes in the Pacific and survived several accidents during his 33-year Navy career. They including a midair collision during a Blue Angels show at Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1952. Another pilot was killed, but Voris managed to land his badly damaged plane.
He had returned to the Blue Angels for a second tour as flight leader that year as the squadron resumed its demonstration work after being deployed for a combat tour during the Korean War.

08-12-2005, 11:06 AM
CHICAGO (AP) - Overweight girls reach puberty earlier, but early puberty alone doesn't necessarily lead to being overweight in adulthood, according to a new study. Instead, it's childhood pudginess that's linked with both early menstruation and adult weight problems.
Girls who were overweight before their first menstrual periods were almost eight times more likely to be overweight as women, the study found. But there was no link between precocious puberty alone and being overweight later in life.
"Given the epidemic of obesity in the population, it's important to know where best to intervene," said lead researcher Aviva Must, associate professor of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
That intervention should start in childhood, she said.
For parents, she said, the study provides reassurance that early puberty is normal for some overweight girls, and there is no greater risk of being overweight as an adult for a slender girl who gets her first period early.
Findings by other researchers that early puberty in girls causes adult weight problems sparked her research, Must said. That supposed link threatened to rob attention from the real culprit: childhood obesity.
The study will stop doctors from trying to prevent obesity by suppressing early puberty with medications, said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
"I think this is an important finding," Katz said. "In many ways, it corroborates common sense: Kids who struggle with their weight become adults who struggle with their weight."
The study will be published in the September issue of Pediatrics. It was released Thursday at the American Medical Association's and the National PTA's back-to-school briefing for reporters.
The study defined early puberty as a first period before age 12. During the past 25 years, the average age for a girl's first period hasn't changed much, but it has creeped earlier by about 2.5 months, Must said.
The data were from 307 women who had participated 40 years ago in a prior study of their growth and maturation.
As girls, only 4 percent were overweight before their first period. In adulthood, 37 percent of the women were overweight or obese.
Because the prior study looked at public school girls in Newton, Mass., participants were mostly white and middle class, limiting the current findings.
"We need to look at the same thing in African American and Hispanic populations," said Alison Field, assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, who does similar research but was not involved in the current study.
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08-12-2005, 11:08 AM
Ottawa toughens methamphetamine penalties News Staff

Ottawa has decided to move now on methamphetamine because of the drug's social impact, says federal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh.

"There's increasing evidence that the effects of crystal meth are absolutely devastating, both for the user, their families and other victims," he told CTV Newsnet on Thursday.

"It's become clear to us that urgent action was needed. Therefore we didn't want to wait until to the fall to do what we could do today."

Dosanjh, Attorney General Irwin Cotler, and Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan announced on Thursday an increase in the maximum penalties from 10 years to life in prison for the:

* possession,
* trafficking,
* importation,
* exportation, and
* production of methamphetamine.

The feds have moved methamphetamine to Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, placing it in the same category as cocaine and heroin.

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is becoming a growing problem in Canada, particularly in the West.

Canada's premiers applauded the announcement.

Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert, in Banff for the annual meeting of Canada's premiers and territorial leaders, told reporters Thursday that the stiffer penalties send out "a very significant signal -- both in terms of deterrence to those who would rob hope from our young people, to the production and distribution of meth.

"It also sends a strong signal to Canadians of how significant an issue this has the potential to become. We are going to treat this seriously."

His province has recently announced a three-year, $30 million anti-drug program.

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell said Ottawa has now given law enforcement agencies "the tools that they need" to fight the drug's spread, adding, "It's now time to give Canadians the tools they need to do that."

Campbell said a national program of awareness and education was needed across the country to fight the "scourge" of methamphetamine.

"It's going to touch everyone in Canada if we don't fight together on it."

Calvert also stressed the meth problem is "not just a Western problem," pointing to a front page Newsweek magazine article detailing how rapidly meth production and addiction have grown in the United States.

"While we have a higher number of incidents in Western Canada, you can be sure -- no matter where we live in Canada -- unless we take the actions we're taking now you will see this become a nation-wide issue."

A study released in April concluded that while there is no actual crystal meth crisis in the West, use of the drug is rising and its popularity is extending eastward.

"There is a low prevalence of MA (methamphetamine) use among the general population in Canada, but there is an increase in MA use among street-involved youth, gay men, (and) young adults in the club scene," reads the report.

The panel report concluded the 2004 Western Canadian Summit on Methamphetamine, attended by politicians from all levels from across Western Canada, as well as police, meth users, health and advocacy groups.

The penalties

Justice Minister Irwin Cotler says the legal system is recognizing the problem of crystal meth.

"The most serious cases will be dealt with by a team of designated federal prosecutors who will have specially developed tools to assist them in conveying to the courts the full impact of the production and distribution of this harmful substance," said.

Earlier this year, Health Canada proposed amendments to add four "precursor chemicals," used in the production of methamphetamine, to the list of controlled chemicals under the Precursor Control Regulations.

The possession of these substances would become an offence resulting in either a fine of up to $5000, up to three years imprisonment, or both.

"Together, these actions support education and treatment programs already being undertaken across the country by various levels of government and community organizations," said a news release issued Thursday by Health Canada.

08-12-2005, 03:06 PM
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog expressed "serious concern" Thursday over Iran's resumption of activities that could lead to an atomic bomb, and diplomats said Tehran has a Sept. 3 deadline to stop or face another possible referral to the Security Council.
Iran, showing the defiance it has increasingly displayed since its new president was inaugurated last weekend, responded with indignation. Tehran's chief delegate here vowed that Iran would become a nuclear fuel producer and supplier within a decade.
"This resolution is political," said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, according to the state-run news agency. "It comes from American pressure. ... It lacks any legal or logical basis and is unacceptable."
The topic of the International Atomic Energy Agency resolution, adopted by consensus by its 35-nation board, was Iran's move Wednesday to reopen its uranium conversion plant in the mountains outside the southern city of Isfahan.
With the plant now working at full force, Iran's hard-liners are pushing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to ignore European warnings and resume uranium enrichment.
Mohammad Javad Larijani, a member of Iran's powerful Expediency Council, said the transfer of power to Ahmadinejad has given the country an opportunity to change the rules of the game.
He called France, Germany and Britain - the countries negotiating with Iran - "three international savages" and said any debate over enrichment is "shameful."
Starting up the enrichment facility, a plant built mainly underground outside the city of Natanz to protect it from airstrikes, would heighten tensions with Europe and the United States. Enrichment is the final step in uranium development, producing either fuel for a nuclear reactor for electricity or material for a nuclear bomb.
Iran denies it seeks to develop nuclear weapons and says its program is only for peaceful purposes. But Tehran insists it has the right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to develop the full fuel cycle, including enrichment.
"Any government in Iran that gives up nuclear technology will collapse since the issue has turned into a matter of national pride. There is no doubt that Natanz will resume work sooner rather than later," said Ahmad Tavakoli, a lawmaker allied with Ahmadinejad.
President Bush, meeting at his Texas ranch with his foreign policy team, welcomed the nuclear agency's warning to Tehran. He also indicated Ahmadinejad will receive a U.S. visa to attend an annual United Nations gathering next month in New York.
After the meeting, National Security Adviser Steve Hadley met with reporters and noted that president of Iran indicated that there could be more talks.
"We think that is the right step, to have - for Iran to come back into compliance with the Paris Accord, and to resume the negotiations and discussions with the EU-3," he said.
Britain's Foreign Office said the IAEA resolution "sends a clear message to Iran of what it must do. We still believe there is a non-confrontational way forward if Iran wants to take it."
In Vienna, the nuclear agency asked IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei to deliver a report on Iran's implementation of nuclear safeguards by Sept. 3. Diplomats made clear that insufficient progress by that date could mean the board would consider referring Iran to the U.N. Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by their governments to discuss the issue.
Thursday's resolution did not mention the Security Council, given concerns such a move could backfire by hardening Iran's position. Iran had said it would rather endure sanctions than back down.
Security Council diplomats in New York say the IAEA may also be wary of referring Iran to the council because there is a real risk the body would not agree to sanctions. China, for example, has said it opposes bringing the issue before the council, and could use its veto power to block a resolution punishing Iran.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the IAEA "has spoken with one voice" and he expects its resolution to be implemented, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at U.N. headquarters in New York.
The board's next scheduled meeting is Sept. 19, but members can call emergency meetings at any time. This week's meetings were called by France, Germany and Britain after Iran announced it planned to resume uranium conversion.
Iran had suspended that process and the subsequent enrichment process under an agreement with the three European Union countries.
Tehran saw the text adopted Thursday as unacceptable because it would bar it from enrichment and other related activities that are allowed under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, said Sirus Nasseri, the country's chief IAEA delegate.
"All Iran wants to do is to enjoy the right under the NPT, the right which has been denied to it for more than two decades," he said.
He said his country would be a "nuclear fuel producer and supplier within a decade" and dismissed the resolution as an attempt "to apply pressure."
But he also told reporters the Iranians did "not leave the door closed to (the Europeans)" and would, for now, keep the enrichment process suspended "to give a chance for negotiations."
"If they wish to negotiate on the enrichment facility in Natanz and how we would put it into operation through an agreed arrangement, we would consider (it)," he said.
ElBaradei said he was "very encouraged" by statements from the EU and Iran that the talks would continue.
EU envoys said the burden was now on Iran to keep talks alive.
"A breakdown will be a matter of regret to the EU, because the EU hoped that it could persuade Iran to take measures that might lead to a restoration of international confidence in Iran's nuclear intentions," the statement said. "But the EU is confident that another way of making possible the necessary restoration of confidence in Iran's nuclear intentions can be found.
Associated Press writer Ali Akbar Dareini contributed to this report from Natanz, Iran.
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08-13-2005, 01:38 AM
Muslim cleric banned from Britain

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Britain's Home Office on Friday barred Muslim cleric Omar Bakri from returning to the country after his arrest in Lebanon.
The cleric's presence in the U.K. was "not conducive to the public good," said Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
Muslim cleric Omar Bakri.
Bakri had faced possible incitement charges in Britain after praising the July 7 attacks on the London transit system. He's also known for calling the Sept. 11 attackers, the "magnificent 19."
He left the U.K. last week on what he said was a personal trip to Lebanon to visit family.
Bakri was picked up in Beirut on Thursday afternoon and ordered released on Friday after a judge found there was no case against him and that he was not wanted for anything.
Reporter infiltrated group
A British reporter who infiltrated a group led by Bakri says there was a constant message of hate and violence.
Ali Hussain of the Times says Bakri praised the July 7 bombings and lectured young men in the group about their responsibility as Muslims to promote terror in non-believers.
Bakri told the group that if they were true believers, they wouldn't condemn the bombings, said Hussain.
Everyone in the group, including Bakri and his lieutenants have only contempt for moderates like the Muslim Council of Britain which condemns violence, said Hussain.
"They'd say things like you shouldn't adhere to British law because by doing that you're not necessarily adhering to the law of Allah," said Hussain.

08-13-2005, 04:33 AM
WIESBADEN, Germany (AP) - German police have detained two American soldiers in connection with a fire at a town hall in western Germany that investigators believe was arson, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday.
The soldiers, both assigned to the 1st Armored Division, were detained Thursday after the blaze destroyed some of the municipal buildings in Baumholder, a town in Rhineland-Palatinate state.
Firefighters from the nearby U.S. post helped local emergency services extinguish the flames, which caused millions of dollars in damage.
The soldiers, whose names and ranks were not disclosed, are suspected of being "involved in breaking and entering and simple arson in connection with the fire," Army spokesman Maj. Michael J. Indovina said in a statement.
Neither of the soldiers have been charged or formally arrested and German police are still investigating the incident.
Indovina said Army criminal investigators were assisting German authorities.
Approximately 13,000 U.S. troops and their families are stationed at H.D. Smith Barracks in Baumholder, a town of 4,800 residents. The 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade and Division Artillery are based at the barracks.

08-13-2005, 04:34 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lynyrd Skynyrd has postponed eight appearances this month because lead singer Johnny Van Zant has inflamed vocal cords.
The Southern rock band, best known for songs such as "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama," announced the tour schedule changes in a posting Thursday on their Web site.
"Johnny Van Zant, found by Vanderbilt Voice Center to be suffering from `significant vocal cord inflammation and swelling,' will be unable to perform several upcoming shows, following doctor's orders for strict vocal rest," the statement said.
Concerts had been scheduled in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma.
The band will share a co-headlining bill with The Allman Brothers Band on five dates in September, their Web site said.
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08-13-2005, 12:44 PM
NDTV Correspondent

Saturday, August 13, 2005 (Colombo):

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has imposed a state of emergency in the country after Friday night's assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The minister was shot in the head between 10 pm and 11 pm local time and succumbed to his injuries at 12.15 am.

According to reports, he was shot by a sniper from long distance at his highly guarded residence in Colombo.

The LTTE are the prime suspects in the assassination, but authorities say they are working with an open mind.

Defence Ministry spokesman Daya Ratnayake asked Colombo residents to remain indoors today to allow a major search operation to go ahead.

Fragile peace process

Kadirgamar's assassination has the potential to derail the three-year-old peace process in Sri Lanka and push the country back into civil war.

In an interview put on the LTTE's official website, the organisation's chief negotiator Anton Balasingham had warned of a return to armed confrontation if the Sri Lankan government did not stop its alleged support to rebel Tamil groups in the east.

The LTTE has always accused the government of supporting the breakaway rebel group headed by its former commander of the eastern areas, Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan, also known as Colonel Karuna.

Over the past few months, this breakaway faction of the LTTE is believed to be responsible for a spate of attacks on LTTE cadres and operatives in the Tamil majority eastern districts.

The LTTE claims that the breakaway group was operating with the full support of the Sri Lankan Army ? a claim denied by the Sri Lankan government.

But as the attacks on the LTTE operatives mounted in the east, there were counter attacks targetting key military intelligence personnel, Sri Lankan soldiers and cadres of the breakaway group.

Stern warning

It is in this context that LTTE's chief negotiator issued his warning through an interview published on the outfit's official website.

"It is a well established fact that there are five Tamil para-military armed groups, including the Karuna group, who are paid and provided with logistic support by the Sri Lankan security forces in this covert military campaign to destabilise the eastern province and to paralyse the LTTE's political engagement in the region," Balasingham said.

"The Colombo regime is fully aware of the situation. Yet, the government attempts to distort this violent phenomenon as an internal conflict within the LTTE arising from the split by the Karuna group," he said further in his statement.

"It is deeply disappointing to note that President Kumaratunga's government, which claims serious commitment to peace and negotiated settlement to the ethnic conflict, has allowed its armed forces to support and sustain a shadow war of the Tamil para-militaries in grave violation of the truce agreement that could rekindle the civil war," he added.

'Govt under no obligation'

Chief of the Sri Lankan government's peace secretariat Jayantha Dhanapala and other top leaders have been denying these allegations and have called it a matter between two LTTE groups.

They have also said that the Sri Lankan government was under no obligation to disarm groups that came into the picture after the peace deal was signed three years ago.

Balasingam had this to say: "Karuna's group is not functioning from deep jungles of the east as Mr Dhanapala fantasizes. They are often operating from Sri Lanka military camps and their hideouts are well protected by the armed forces."

"By providing sanctuary and support to Karuna and his group, the Sri Lankan military should assume direct responsibility for the bloody internecine warfare that is threatening the current peace process," he added.

The peace talks brokered in 2002 by Norwegian negotiators have been stalled for about two years and the failure to implement the deal to share $3 billion in foreign aid for tsunami relief has also added to the friction.

Prime suspects

Sri Lankan police say they had arrested two LTTE cadres earlier this month from outside Kadirgamar's official residence while they were allegedly videotaping the area.

The minister's assassination at his private residence, just meters away from where these arrests were made, have made the LTTE the prime suspect.

The LTTE has so far not reacted to the assassination.

Radical right wing Sinhala groups can also not escape suspicion. They have been very aggressive about their opposition to the peace process with the LTTE and the recent tsunami aid sharing deal.

However, it is clear now that with this assassination, three years of fragile peace could very well come to an end. The tireless Norwegian mediators are the only hope and their diplomatic skills will be once again put to test.

08-15-2005, 10:14 AM
GRAMMATIKO, Greece (AP) - A Cypriot plane full of vacationers slammed into a mountainside north of Athens on Sunday after at least one pilot lost consciousness from lack of oxygen, killing all 121 people aboard, more than a third of them children.
The cause of Greece's deadliest plane crash appeared to be technical failure - resulting in high-altitude decompression - and not terrorism, authorities said. A transport official said the 115 passengers and six crew may have been dead when the plane went down.
Helios Airways flight ZU522 was headed from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Athens International Airport when it crashed at 12:05 p.m. near Grammatiko, a scenic village 25 miles north of the Greek capital. Flaming debris, luggage and bits of human remains were strewn across two ravines and surrounding hills.
Family members wept in anguish as they waited at the Athens and Larnaca airports. When news of the crash emerged at Larnaca, relatives swarmed the airline counters, shouting "murderers" and "you deserve lynching."
A man whose cousin was a passenger told Greece's Alpha television he received a cell-phone text message minutes before the crash. "He told me the pilots were unconscious. ... He said: "Farewell, cousin, here we're frozen," Sotiris Voutas said - indicating the plane was cold, a sign of decompression.
About a half-hour after takeoff, pilots reported air-conditioning system problems to Cyprus air traffic control. Within minutes, after entering Greek air space over the Aegean, the Boeing 737 lost all radio contact. Two Greek F-16 fighter jets were dispatched soon afterward.
When the F-16s intercepted the plane, jet pilots could see the co-pilot slumped over his seat. The captain was not in the cockpit, and oxygen masks dangled inside the cabin, government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said.
He said the jet pilots also saw two people possibly trying to take control of the plane; it was unclear if they were crew members or passengers. The plane apparently was on automatic pilot when it crashed, Helios spokesman Marios Konstantinidis said in Cyprus.
"When a pilot has no communication with the control tower, the procedure dictates that other planes must accompany and help the plane land. Unfortunately, it appeared that the pilot was already dead as was, possibly, everyone else on the plane," Cyprus Transport Minister Haris Thrasou said.
A witness described the instant the airline smashed into the 1,500-foot-high mountain, flanked by the F-16s. "We saw some fighter jets flying very low and after a few minutes we heard a very loud noise and saw pieces of the plane flying in the air," said Spyros Papachristou.
The head of the Greek airline safety committee, Akrivos Tsolakis, said the crash was the "worst accident we've ever had." He said the plane's black boxes had been recovered, containing data and voice recordings valuable for determining the cause
"There apparently was a lack of oxygen, which is usually the case when the cabin is depressurized," Tsolakis said.
The F-16 jets met the plane at 34,000 feet, the Greek air force said. At that altitude, the effects of depressurization are swift, said David Kaminski Morrow, of the British-based Air Transport Intelligence magazine.
"If the aircraft is at 30,000 feet, you don't stay conscious for long, maybe 15 to 30 seconds," he said. "But if you are down at 10,000 feet, you can breathe for a lot longer."
The flight was to have continued to Prague, Czech Republic, after stopping in Athens. This is the height of Europe's summer travel season, when Mediterranean resorts like Cyprus are packed with tourists. The area was likely to be particularly crowded, because Monday is a national holiday in Greece and Cyprus.
There were 48 children aboard, mostly Greek Cypriots, Helios spokesman Giorgos Dimitriou said in Athens.
Greek state television quoted the Cyprus transport minister as saying the plane had decompression problems in the past. However, Helios representative Dimitriou said the plane had "no problems and was serviced just last week."
Liz Verdier, a spokeswoman for Boeing, said the 737s, like all Boeing planes, are equipped with warning systems that alert pilots when decompression is occurrring. However, she could provide no details about how the warning system works on the 737.
On Cyprus, several callers to radio and television programs said they experienced severe air-conditioning problems on Helios jets in recent months. Some said the cabin was freezing and the crew provided blankets; others said it became unbearably hot.
Sudden loss of pressure was blamed for a crash in South Dakota in 1999, of a Learjet 35 carrying pro golfer Payne Stewart and four others. They became unconscious, and the jet went down after flying halfway across the country on autopilot.
In June 2000, a Boeing 737-200 of the Canadian carrier WestJet lost cabin pressure because pilots mistakenly shut down auxiliary power. Cabin altitude reached 24,000 feet before the plane descended and pressurization became normal. None of the 118 passengers was injured.
At the Greek crash scene, more than 100 firefighters, backed by planes and helicopters dropping water, fought a brush fire caused by the crash. The plane was in at least three pieces: the tail, a bit of the cockpit and a piece of fuselage that witnesses said contained many bodies. Sections of the plane were ablaze.
Fire department rescue vehicles carried body bags up the steep slopes of the charred valley to a fleet of ambulances. None of the bodies had masks on their faces, the fire department said. Black-robed Greek Orthodox priests were on hand.
"There is wreckage everywhere. Things here are very difficult, they are indescribable," Grammatiko Mayor George Papageorgiou said.
The remains of many victims were charred beyond identification, and the Cyprus transport minister said DNA tests would be necessary.
Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis canceled a holiday on the Aegean island of Tinos to return to Athens. The Cypriot president also canceled a vacation.
Helios Airways, Cyprus' first private airline, was founded in 1999. It operates a fleet of Boeing 737s to cities including London; Athens; Sofia, Bulgaria; Dublin, Ireland; and Strasbourg, France. EU newcomer Cyprus is divided into Turkish and Greek sectors. Most of its 800,000 people are Greek Cypriots.
Associated Press writers Derek Gatopoulos in Grammatiko; Petros Karadjas in Larnaca, Cyprus; Ondrej Hejma in Prague, and Mara D. Bellaby in London contributed to this report.

08-15-2005, 10:15 AM
(AP) - Music copied onto blank recordable CDs is becoming a bigger threat to the bottom line of record stores and music labels than online file-sharing, the head of the recording industry's trade group said Friday.
"Burned" CDs accounted for 29 percent of all recorded music obtained by fans in 2004, compared to 16 percent attributed to downloads from online file-sharing networks, said Mitch Bainwol, chief executive for the Recording Industry Association of America.
The data, compiled by the market research firm NPD Group, suggested that about half of all recordings obtained by music fans in 2004 were due to authorized CD sales and about 4 percent from paid music downloads.
"CD burning is a problem that is really undermining sales," Bainwol said in an interview prior to speaking before about 750 members of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in San Diego Friday.
Copy protection technology "is an answer to the problem that clearly the marketplace is going to see more of," he added.
Album sales in the North America are down about 7 percent this year compared with a year ago, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Yet the recording industry has seen a lift from online music sales, which when factored in with album and sales of CD singles increased overall music sales through July to 21 percent over last year.
The focus on CD burning Friday was welcomed by Alayna Hill-Alderman, who said she has seen music CD sales slide in recent years while sales of blank recordable CDs have soared.
"We are feeling the decline in our store sales, especially with regard to R&B and the hip-hop world," said Hill-Alderman, co-owner of Record Archive, a two-store company operating in Rochester, N.Y. "It's all due to burning. We've lost tremendous amounts of those sales to flea markets and bodegas."
After experimenting with copy-protected CDs in Europe and Latin America in recent years, some record labels have begun releasing albums in North America with similar copy restrictions. The CDs typically allow users to burn no more than a handful of copies.
Velvet Revolver's "Contraband," released last year, was equipped with such copy-protection technology and grabbed the top sales spot in its debut week.
Some saw that as a sign music fans didn't mind CDs with copy restrictions. But other releases since, such as the latest Foo Fighters album, have sometimes spawned fan complaints that the restrictions go too far or create technology conflicts with portable audio devices.
Simon Wright, chief executive of Virgin Entertainment Group International, which oversees the Virgin chain of music stores, said he's in favor of labels releasing more albums in a copy-protected CD format, regardless of the potential for consumer backlash.
"If, particularly, the technology allows two-to-three burns, that's well within acceptable limits and I don't think why consumers should have any complaints," Wright said.

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08-17-2005, 12:49 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna's 47th birthday celebration was marred Tuesday when she suffered several broken bones in a horse riding accident at her country home outside London, her publicist told The Associated Press.
The superstar was treated and released from a hospital after sustaining three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand, according to Liz Rosenberg, her spokeswoman based in New York.
Madonna's husband, director Guy Ritchie, took her to the hospital, Rosenberg said.
The accident occurred Tuesday at Ashcombe house, the couple's 1,354-acre estate about 100 miles southwest of London.
Madonna and an assistant were riding when Madonna, on a horse she wasn't accustomed to riding, took a tumble. Her children, Rocco and Lourdes, were at the home but weren't with her at the time, Rosenberg said.
"The whole family was out in the country, celebrating her birthday," Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg said she didn't know if Madonna was returning to her Ashcombe estate after her release from the hospital.
Horseback riding has been a relatively recent hobby for the star.
"I think she had been riding for about four or five months," Rosenberg told the AP. "She's spent a lot of time riding when she was out in the country."
Madonna latest album is scheduled for release in November. When asked if the mishap would affect the singer's plans to promote the album, Rosenberg quipped: "She's walking and talking. I don't know if she's going to be hanging from a disco ball anytime soon."

08-17-2005, 12:55 PM
The earthquake was powerful enough to sway skyscrapers 185 miles away in Tokyo. And with an estimated magnitude of 7.2, it had the potential to cause catastrophic damage. But this time, Japan got lucky. No one died in the quake that rocked a wide swath of northern Japan on Tuesday. The scene of the worst damage was an indoor pool where part of the roof caved in, injuring a couple dozen swimmers, many of them young children.
Still, the jolt underscored the fragility of the lifelines of even the most modern, quake-resistant cities. It forced highways and railroads to close, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded, and 17,000 households lost electricity. And with Tokyo overdue for a major quake of its own, it was a psychological jolt for many.
"I was stuck in a stopped train for three hours, and then had to walk about a mile along the tracks to get here," said Shigenori Torihata as he waited for a friend at Sendai's main train station. "I was supposed to go home to Tokyo. Now I'm stuck in a hotel."
The visible damage from the quake was surprisingly light. Few houses were destroyed, and by nightfall the city of Sendai had returned to its normal routine. The streets were crowded with cars, and the malls with shoppers.
Sixty-two people were reported hurt, the worst injuries being broken bones. Most were hit by falling debris, police said.
Damage was minimized because the quake was centered about 50 miles offshore and 12 miles under the seabed. In sharp contrast, a 7.3-magnitude quake centered directly under the city of Kobe killed 6,400 people in 1995.
Though earthquake-resistant construction standards have undoubtedly mitigated the impact of quakes like Tuesday's older homes are generally far more vulnerable than newer ones the fragile nature of city lifelines continues to be a major problem.
Sendai's airport quickly returned to a normal schedule, but the city had been largely isolated for several hours, with all major roads and train lines shut down. Electricity was cut off for thousands of households.
"The quake was scary, but the worst part was not being able to get a train home from work afterward," said Natsumi Okumura, a 24-year-old waitress.
The quake hit about 11:46 a.m., the Meteorological Agency said. Two small tsunamis followed, but caused no significant damage.
The temblor was followed by at least four aftershocks. More jolts of up to magnitude 6 could follow, the agency warned.
"We were lucky this time," said office worker Mari Abe, 36. "But there will be another one. It may be years away, but there's always the fear of the next big one."
The U.S. Geological Survey and Japan's Meteorological Agency both measured the quake at a magnitude of 7.2.
Japan sits at the juncture of four tectonic plates or moving slabs of the earth's outer crust and is one of the world's most quake-prone regions.
There have been several recent strong quakes in Japan. The biggest, at magnitude 6.0, shook the Tokyo area on July 23, injuring more than two dozen people and suspending flights and trains for hours.
A magnitude 5 quake can damage homes and other buildings if it is centered in a heavily populated area.
The Dec. 26 Indian Ocean earthquake with a magnitude estimated at 9.1 to 9.3 and the tsunami it triggered killed more than 176,000 people in 11 countries, and left half a million homeless in Indonesia alone.

08-17-2005, 12:56 PM
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized Monday for Japan's wartime colonization and invasions on the 60th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, and he stayed away from a shrine criticized for glorifying the aggression that provoked two atomic bombings. The war's legacy lingers in Asia, where many of Japan's neighbors accuse Tokyo of failing to atone fully for invading them and colonizing the Korean peninsula and Taiwan. The issue has stirred opposition to Japan's bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.
China called on Tokyo to face up to its wartime aggression and urged Koizumi not to visit the Yasukuni war shrine, which honors Japan's war dead, including executed war criminals.
In Seoul, South Korea, a joint delegation from the Koreas denounced Tokyo after visiting a prison where Korean independence fighters were tortured and executed during Japanese rule.
Protesters in Hong Kong, which Japan occupied in 1941-1945, marched on the Japanese consulate, chanting, "Japan's hands are full of fresh blood!"
Emperor Akihito, the son of wartime Emperor Hirohito, and other Japanese officials gathered at an assembly hall for a moment of silence.
Koizumi's apology was his second statement of regret for the war to Asian neighbors this year.
"Our country has caused great damages and pain to people in many countries, especially our Asian neighbors, through colonization and invasion," Koizumi said in a statement distributed to reporters at a daily morning briefing.
"We humbly accept these historic facts, and would like to express once again our deep reflections and heartfelt apology, and also express our condolences to all victims of the war, both at home and abroad.
"We will not forget the terrible lessons of the war, and will contribute to world peace and prosperity."
His statement mirrored the apology issued in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the war's end by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. That statement was criticized in Asia as being insufficient.
Koizumi made a similar apology at an Asian summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, in April, hoping to quell anti-Japanese protests in China triggered by the approval of history textbooks that critics say whitewashed Japanese wartime atrocities.
At the Yasukuni shrine, thousands of Japanese thronged the grounds to pay their respects to fallen soldiers. The shrine contains lists of 2.4 million fighters who died in wars starting in the late 1800s.
Koizumi has gone there to worship four times since his election in 2001, the last time in January 2004. But he did not go Monday, telling reporters he used "appropriate judgment."
But two of his Cabinet ministers and 47 lawmakers were among the thousands of war veterans, families of fallen soldiers and patriotic Japanese who bowed deeply at the shrine starting early Monday.
Another minister went Sunday.
"I come here every year to honor the spirits of those who died," said Kihei Usuki, 80, who served with the Japanese army in Malaya during the war.
Like many there, he believed that Koizumi should have paid his respects Monday, but he acknowledged that pressure from China and other critics likely would prevent that.
The China Daily newspaper said Koizumi's past visits to the shrine show "a keen lack of awareness of, and disregard for, others who have felt the pain of Japan's aggression."
"Only with an honest attitude toward history can a nation win reconciliation and then integrate into the global community," the paper said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said he hoped Japanese leaders would "not do anything that might hurt the feelings of the peoples of the injured nations."
Tokyo warned Japanese living in China to pay attention to their safety, cautioning in a mass e-mail last week about possible violent protests. Only three demonstrators showed up outside Japan's embassy in Beijing.
The shrine also drew anti-Yasukuni protesters, who clashed with police. There were reports that six protesters were detained after hitting police officers in the head with signs.
Two right-wing extremists supporting Koizumi's shrine visits also were arrested near a peace rally in central Tokyo, police said.
North and South Korea used Liberation Day, a national holiday in both countries, to reconcile political differences that have kept the peninsula divided since World War II ended. Both nations used a fiber-optic cable laid across the heavily fortified inter-Korean border to enable about 40 separated families to talk over video links.

08-17-2005, 01:01 PM
LONDON (AP) - Westminster Abbey said no, but Lincoln Cathedral was happy to oblige as was a small Scottish chapel.
British churches are divided over whether to allow filming of "The Da Vinci Code," an adaptation of Dan Brown's biblically revisionist megaseller.
The novel has drawn strong protests from the Roman Catholic Church, and the movie version has fanned whispers of discontent in Lincoln, where Tom Hanks and the crew were filming Tuesday.
"To a believer, any believer, what is happening is blasphemous," said a woman identifying herself as Sister Mary Michael, who held a solo prayer vigil outside the medieval cathedral.
But the head of Lincoln's Anglican cathedral, the Very Rev. Alec Knight, conceded that the novel was "far-fetched and heretical" and defended the decision to allow filming. The cathedral in central England accepted a reported $180,000 to double as Westminster Abbey in the Ron Howard-directed film.
"It has clearly touched the public imagination, and the church needs to open up a debate about it rather than throw one's hands up and walk away from it," Knight said.
He confirmed the cathedral had received a donation, but refused to disclose the amount. Sony Pictures, which plans to release the film next May, would not comment.
Brown's fictional thriller follows professor Robert Langdon as he investigates the murder of an elderly member of an ancient society that guards dark secrets about the quest for the Holy Grail and the story of Jesus Christ. The book's mix of code-breaking, art history, religion and mystical lore has helped it sell 25 million copies since it was published two years ago.
But many Christians have been offended by the book's central claim - that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had descendants. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a former Vatican official, said the book espoused heresy and called on Catholics to boycott it.
Westminster Abbey, the 1,000-year-old London edifice where British monarchs are crowned and buried - and whose Chapter House is featured in the book - turned down an approach from producers earlier this year, saying it would be "inappropriate" to allow filming.
"Although it is a fine page-turner, we cannot commend or endorse the contentious and wayward religious and historic suggestions made in the book - nor its views of Christianity and the New Testament," the Abbey said in a statement.
Other Anglican institutions have been more welcoming. Winchester Cathedral in Southern England has given permission for filming to take place later this year, as has Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh.
The 40-by-90 foot medieval chapel has attracted tens of thousands of tourists, many of them American, since Brown popularized its links to the once-powerful Knights Templar, a medieval military order.
Chapel director Stuart Beattie said the 15th-century chapel expected 100,000 visitors this year, almost triple the number of two years ago.

08-17-2005, 01:04 PM
, Tenn. (AP) - Vassar Clements, a fiddle virtuoso and A-list studio musician who played with Paul McCartney and an array of others, died at his home Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 77.Clements was hospitalized for 18 days earlier this year, receiving chemotherapy and other treatment. He had been under hospice care in recent weeks.
"He had no quality of life since he'd been diagnosed," said daughter Midge Cranor, who added that the cancer had spread to his liver and brain.
Clements - whose wife, Millie, died in 1998 - last performed Feb. 4 in Jamestown, N.Y., Cranor said.
"God blessed me in that I was able to hold his hand when he died," she said.
Clements' work bridged various styles, including country, jazz, bluegrass, rock 'n' roll and classical.
"When the rhythm is good, I can play it," he told The Associated Press in a 1988 interview.
During his career, he recorded on more than 2,000 albums, joining artists as varied as McCartney, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Hank Williams Jr., the Byrds, Woody Herman and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Clements, a Kinard, Fla., native who grew up in Kissimmee, Fla., also recorded more than two dozen albums of his own.
The 2005 Grammy for best country instrumental performance went to "Earl's Breakdown," by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band featuring Clements, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs and Jerry Douglas.
"He got his start in bluegrass, but he was equally comfortable playing bebop and jazz and rock 'n' roll and he loved all those genres," said Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which tapped Clements for their landmark "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" Americana albums and also toured Japan with him. "He could sit in with anybody."
He even once recorded with the Monkees - by happenstance. He was working on a recording session when someone asked him if he wanted to stay and play on another one.
"I didn't know until later it was the Monkees," he said.
Besides being a gifted musician, Clements was fun to be around, Hanna said.
"He was incredibly hip," Hanna said. "He was just one of those guys. He was still the dapper Dan. My wife always said he was such a handsome devil. He always dressed impeccably."
Clements, who appeared in Robert Altman's 1975 film "Nashville," taught himself to play at age 7 and had no formal training. The first song he learned was "There's an Old Spinning Wheel in the Parlor."
"It was God's gift, something born in me," he said about his talent. "I was too dumb to learn it any other way. I listened to the (Grand Ole) Opry some. I'd pick it up one note at a time. I was young, with plenty of time and I didn't give up. You'd come home from school, do your lessons and that's it. No other distractions.
"I don't read music. I play what I hear."
Country and bluegrass singer-musician Ricky Skaggs said Clements developed his own style and influenced many young fiddle players in the 1970s, including Skaggs.
"He started learning licks from steel-guitar players, horn players, jazz guitar players. He learned from those guys and made a whole style of music and vocabulary, really, for fiddle players," Skaggs said. "I learned a lot of his licks. I asked him one time to show me one I couldn't figure out. Of course it made total sense when he did it. I loved him as a friend and admired him so much as a musician."
Clements was employed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a year in the mid-1960s, working on plumbing. At various times, he also worked in a Georgia paper mill, was a switchman for the Atlantic Coast Railroad, sold insurance and had a potato chip franchise.
But music was always part of his life.
"I'd always play. Square dances, anything," he said.
Funeral arrangements are pending, but Cranor said they would be held at a chapel in Mount Juliet, Tenn., and would be low-key. Her father wouldn't want a big to-do at the Ryman Auditorium or the Grand Ole Opry House, she said.

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08-19-2005, 10:21 AM
What comes to mind when you hear the words, science fiction? For some, it's BEMs (bug-eyed monsters), flying saucers, and scantily-clad women being rescued from space invaders by rock-jawed, heavily muscled heroes with ray guns in their hands - oh, those covers. These, of course, do exist in the world of SF, but there's much more.
SF is a genre of the imagination, of what could be, of what might happen, and of how we might face those possibilities. It's not bound by time, space, or even the laws of physics. As Rod Serling tells us in his introduction to The Twilight Zone episodes, it's a "dimension of the mind."
The Best of the Best
Often referred to as "speculative fiction," SF requires a suspension of disbelief by the reader. But this is true of any type of fiction. The best SF, strange as it may seem, is rooted deeply in the human condition as opposed to beings in alien galaxies light years away.
The following authors, well-known award winners in the SF field, provide fascinating and often startling glimpses into what could be, where we might travel, and what we might find there.
Each brief bio is accompanied by a link for more information on their work as well as a link to a representative novel or short story. This list is by no means exhaustive but offers a good starting point for novices of SF.
Isaac Asimov
( Asimov was unarguably the most honored and beloved SF author of all time. He wrote more than four hundred books in virtually every field, both fiction and non-fiction. His Foundation series received the Hugo ( award for best SF series of all time. The movie, I Robot, was based, very loosely, on his concepts. Isaac Asimov was born in Russia in 1920, grew up in the USA and died in 1992.
Representative work: Foundation (
Brian Aldiss
( Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important science fiction writers still working today. He is known for his innovative literary techniques, fascinating plots, and memorable characters. Brian Aldiss became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999.
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08-19-2005, 10:28 AM
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - BTK serial killer Dennis Rader was ordered to serve 10 consecutive life terms Thursday during a tear-filled hearing in which relatives of his victims called him a monster and said he should be "thrown in a deep, dark hole and left to rot."
The sentence - a minimum of 175 years without a chance of parole - was the longest possible that Judge Gregory Waller could deliver. Kansas had no death penalty at the time the killings were committed.
The two-day hearing featured graphic testimony from detectives and sobbing relatives. It culminated with rambling testimony from Rader, who said he had been dishonest to his family and victims and at times wiped his eyes.
"Nancy's death is a like a deep wound that will never, ever heal," Beverly Plapp, sister of victim Nancy Fox, testified. "As far as I'm concerned, Dennis Rader does not deserve to live. I want him to suffer as much as he made his victims suffer."
"This man needs to be thrown in a deep, dark hole and left to rot," she said. "He should never, ever see the light of day."
Rader offered Biblical quotes, thanks to police and an apology to victims' relatives before he was sentenced.
"A dark side is there, but now I think light is beginning to shine," Rader said. "Hopefully someday God will accept me."
Rader, 60, a former church congregation president and Boy Scout leader, led a double life, calling himself BTK for "bind, torture and kill." He was arrested in February and pleaded guilty in June to 10 murders from 1974 to 1991.
"No remorse, no compassion - he had no mercy," said Kevin Bright, the brother of victim Kathryn Bright, who himself was shot but managed to flee. "I think that's what he ought to receive."
Rader's voice choked as he made his half-hour address to the courtroom, saying he had been dishonest to his family and victims and selfish.
"I know the victim's families will never be able to forgive me. I hope somewhere deep down, eventually that will happen," he said.
He also admitted he tracked his victims "like a predator."
Nola Foulston, Sedgwick County District Attorney, asked the judge that Rader be refused anything in prison, such as markers or crayons, that could be used to draw or write about human or animal forms, or anything that might be used to further his sexual fantasies.
Prosecutors earlier flashed a photograph of Rader wearing a mask, tied to a chair and donning a woman's blond wig. They also showed other pictures the killer took in which he had bound himself and was wearing a dress he had taken from a victim's house - apparently reliving the ecstasy of the murder.
Investigators testified that Rader kept hundreds of pictures from magazines and circulars mounted on index cards, with details of the warped sexual fantasies he dreamed of carrying out.
Lt. Ken Landwehr, who coordinated the Wichita police department's investigation into BTK, said the index cards were some of the evidence of Rader's long history of terror that was found at the defendant's office, camper and small suburban home.
Landwehr said the cutouts ranged from a little girl posing in a swimsuit to actress Meg Ryan.
Rader's files also included copies of nearly all his messages to police and the media, documents Landwehr said the killer had planned to eventually scan and digitally store, Landwehr said.
Containers kept in a closet and elsewhere at his home also held what Rader called "hit kits" - bags with rubber gloves, rope, tape, handcuffs and bandanas.
Rader, sitting through his second day of a sentencing hearing, appeared angry and mumbled at one point during Landwehr's testimony, although Rader's words couldn't be heard.
Capt. Sam Houston of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office testified about Rader's last known killing - the strangulation of 63-year-old Dolores Davis in 1991. Rader, who handcuffed Davis and tied her with pantyhose, told police it took two or three minutes for her to die and that fueled his torturous fantasies for years.
"It was this moment that victim was tied and bound," Rader wrote in a journal, according to testimony Thursday morning by Houston. "He could live in that moment for years."
After Davis was dead, Rader tossed her body under a bridge where it decomposed and apparently was fed on by animals. The defendant returned later to take Polaroid photographs of her wearing a feminine mask Rader himself had worn for his own bondage fantasies.
The sentencing hearing was in many ways is a formality, with the only issue before the judge whether Rader would serve his life sentences consecutively or concurrently.

08-20-2005, 10:33 AM
Rocket attack on US navy ship


A GROUP linking itself to al-Qaeda fired three missiles at a US navy ship docked near Jordan's border with Israel yesterday, killing a local soldier but missing American servicemen.
The third missile landed near Eilat airport in neighbouring Israel, causing no injuries.
Two rockets missed the USS Ashland, docked in the port. A Jordanian soldier died when one of the two missiles hit the dockside.
An internet statement, purportedly from a group which says it has links to al-Qaeda, said it was to blame. The statement, from the Abdullah al-Azzam Brigades, said the attacks were the group's first attack in Jordan and were aimed at both the US and Israel.
The group is one of several to have said it carried out the bombings on a market and hotels in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh on 23 July.
Jordanian police are searching for two Iraqis and a Syrian thought to have rented an industrial warehouse from which the rockets were fired.
"I can confirm that a rocket flew over the bow of USS Ashland and the rocket impacted in the roof of a warehouse. No sailors or marines were injured," said Commander Jeff Breslau, of the US Fifth Fleet.
Another Jordanian was injured in the attack. Katyusha rockets were used in all three attacks, officials said.
The USS Ashland and its sister ship, the USS Kearsarge, have been docked in Aqaba for the past 10 days.
The attack is the most serious on a US navy ship since the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 that killed 17 sailors.
? A Moroccan man was convicted of helping the 11 September hijackers through membership in a terrorist organisation was jailed for seven years in Germany yesterday. Mounir el Motassadeq, 31, was convicted after a year-long retrial. He had previously been acquitted of more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder in the 2001 attacks on the United States.

08-20-2005, 01:53 PM

08-20-2005, 01:56 PM
MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) - Scores of grieving relatives arrived in Venezuela from the French Caribbean island of Martinique on Friday, while experts used DNA samples and dental records to try to identify the remains of the 160 people killed in a plane crash earlier this week.
Nearly 100 relatives and politicians from Martinique stepped off a Boeing 737 before dawn in an empty airport in the western city of Maracaibo.
Some wept, while others, numb with shock, awaited answers about how the West Caribbean Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-82 crashed into a field Tuesday, killing all 152 passengers - including a 21-month-old toddler - and the eight Colombian crew members.
Rose-Marie Pelican, 51, whose sister and niece perished in the crash, demanded somebody be held accountable.
"I still don't manage to understand she will never call again," said Pelican, adding that her sister Marie-Annick Taupin had survived cancer and now "someone else stole back her life."
Taupin, who was traveling with her 18-year-old daughter Elodie Maquiaba, had called Pelican before the flight to say when she was taking off.
"When you travel, you put your life in other people's hands, and you know nothing of these people," Pelican said.
West Caribbean's safety record is under scrutiny by Colombian civil aviation authorities and its flights have been grounded while officials review inspections that the carrier had been required to perform.
The airline has said that it did not cut corners on safety and that the plane passed a safety inspection in Colombia the day before it crashed.
The relatives were taken to a nearby hotel after their arrival, escorted by a dozen Venezuelan police cars.
Most were later taken by bus to the medical school where victims' remains were being kept in a morgue. The relatives sat and prayed in a nearby courtyard, and authorities were there to answer questions.
Officials said identifying victims would take time, and it could be up to three weeks until all remains could be returned home.
Nine visiting relatives flew over the crash site in a small plane, peering down on the pasture where the plane's tail still jutted from the ground.
"Now at least the idea that all is finished is sinking in," said Hilire Mainge, 53, who lost two brothers, their wives, and a 7-year-old niece.
"The violence of the crash must have been incredible. Now I feel relieved," Mainge said after returning from the fly-over. "Now I know that my family did not suffer... I'm sure they died on the spot."
The plane was en route to Martinique from Panama, where the passengers had spent the past week on vacation. Many were civil servants, and the group included descendants of islanders who helped build the Panama Canal.
The pilot had radioed authorities shortly before the crash, requesting an emergency landing and saying both engines had failed.
Investigators planned to remove the battered engines to study them and "find out if there really was a failure of both engines," said Lt. Col. Lorllys Ramos Acevedo, director of Venezuela's crash investigation board.
Investigators were focusing on the possibility of contaminated fuel or some other related problem, said Nelson Serrano, a regional emergency officials.
Panamanian authorities said they found no evidence of tainted fuel in the source used by the plane.
Twelve French investigators were in Maracaibo, including police and coroners, France's Interior Ministry said.
The crash was the deadliest in Venezuela's history, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
Officials said they had removed virtually all the remains from the site and had ended their search.
French Minister of Overseas Departments Francois Baroin said the families want to know "the truth of the matter," and that the small Colombian airline could face accusations in civil or criminal court.
Natalie Cretinoir, 36, said she came to Venezuela to confirm that her mother, Arsene Kimper, was dead.
"I was hoping to see her body, or even a piece of her body, or even just some of her personal belongings," Cretinoir said, in tears. "They told me I would see nothing."
Search teams had recovered the jet's flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder, which were to be analyzed with the help of French investigators.

08-20-2005, 01:58 PM
Pope Laments Increase in Anti-Semitism

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) - German-born Pope Benedict XVI on Friday became the second pope to visit a synagogue, entering to the haunting tones of a ram's horn, praying before a Holocaust memorial and lamenting a rise in anti-Semitism.
"We need to show respect for one another and to love one another," Benedict said, pressing a theme of interfaith understanding that has marked his first foreign trip as pope.
The hourlong stop, for which Cologne's Jews stood and applauded, was filled with significance for the 78-year-old Benedict, who grew up in Nazi Germany. He called those times "the darkest period of German and European history."
He made no mention of his own trials, when he was enrolled in the Hitler Youth as a teenager and later deserted from the German army near the end of the war.
But his spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, called the stop at the blue-domed Roonstrasse Synagogue "an event of historic significance - a German pope, who was on his first official trip, himself took the initiative for the visit."
Rabbi Netanel Teitlebaum held up his right hand, extending it as the "hand of Jewish friendship," and the pope warmly grasped it.
Speaking in a synagogue rebuilt after being destroyed by the Nazis, Benedict said that "today, sadly, we are witnessing the rise of new signs of anti-Semitism and various forms of a general hostility toward foreigners."
He did not elaborate, but Europe especially has witnessed increasing hate crimes in recent years.
Benedict began the visit by standing quietly with his hands clasped during a Hebrew prayer before a memorial to the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany during World War II - 11,000 of them from Cologne.
Then he strode into the main hall as the choir sang, "shalom alechem," or "peace be with you." A shofar, or ram's horn, sounded as the pope sat down at the front. He listened intently as the cantor sang.
The pope underlined his commitment to the interfaith goals of his predecessor, John Paul II, who made the first papal visit to a synagogue in Rome in 1986, worked to improve relations between Catholics and Jews and established diplomatic ties with Israel.
"Today I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II," said Benedict, who did much of the theological groundwork for John Paul's outreach while serving as a Vatican official in charge of doctrine.
Outreach to Jews and Muslims is one of the themes of Benedict's first foreign trip as pope in conjunction with World Youth Day, a Roman Catholic festival that has drawn more than 400,000 young people from 197 countries to Cologne. He planned to meet with Muslim leaders Saturday.
He met with Protestant leaders Friday evening, repeating his commitment in the land where the Reformation began to make Christian unity a priority of his pontificate.
But Benedict added that there are differences in ethical positions that undermine expectations for a common response from Christians. He did not go into any details.
Repeating a point from his synagague visit, the pope said that "there can be no dialogue at the expense of truth." He said efforts for closer relations must be pursued "in fidelity to the dictates of one's conscience."
Progress has been made between peoples, but "much more remains to be done," Benedict said at the synagogue. "We must come to know one another much more and much better."
The visit did bring out some of the troubled history between Catholics and Jews.
In welcoming the pope, synagogue president Abraham Lehrer urged Benedict to fully open the Vatican's World War II archives - a period during which some Jews claim Pope Pius XII did not do enough to stave off the Holocaust. The Vatican denies that and has begun releasing some documents.
But Benedict's visit also appeared to have helped smooth over a dispute between the Vatican and Israel that arose after the Israeli government faulted Benedict for not mentioning attacks on Israelis in a recent condemnation of terrorism. The Vatican responded with a terse statement asking the Israelis not to tell the pope what to say.
Abraham Lehrer, a member of the synagogue board, said the controversy "did not cast any shadow over the synagogue visit."
He noted the presence in the front row of Israel's ambassador to Germany, Shimon Stein, calling that "a sign that the controversy has been overcome." Stein was introduced to the pope.
Benedict's remarks focused on the horror of the Holocaust, the common heritage of Christians and Jews, and the need for better relations to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.
"In the 20th Century, in the darkest period of German and European history, an insane racist ideology, born of neo-paganism, gave rise to the attempt, planned and systematically carried out by the regime, to exterminate European Jewry," he said. "The result has passed into history as the Shoah," he said, using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.

08-20-2005, 02:00 PM
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - Police responding to a 911 call found the bodies of a woman and her two daughters stuffed inside a backyard freezer and the woman's husband lying dead nearby, a shotgun at his side.

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08-20-2005, 02:06 PM
The state Department of Health and Human Services ordered a pet store distributing company quarantined Friday after officials suspected some of the store's rodents were infected with a virus that can be harmful to humans.
Midsouth Distributors of Arkansas LLC near Scott was also prohibited from selling and distributing animals to pet stores and consumers and ordered to allow testing of some of its animals for the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, a department release said.
The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas State Police also executed the order.
In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, three people died after receiving organ transplants from a donor who tested positive for the virus, known as LCMV. The organ donor owned a hamster that was bought from Midsouth Distributors of Ohio LLC, which has common ownership with Midsouth Distributors of Arkansas LLC, the Arkansas officials said.
The Ohio facility let the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test their hamsters and guinea pigs for the virus after the deaths. The tests results showed that two hamsters, which had arrived from the Arkansas facility, were infected with LCMV. A third was found to have had the infection in the past, the release said.
The virus occurs naturally in mice, but can also be carried by hamsters, rats and guinea pigs, Frank Wilson, the state epidemiologist said. It is found in the rodents' saliva, urine and feces, he said.
Pregnant women are at a higher risk than others if exposed to LCMV, Wilson said. The virus can cause mental retardation, impaired vision and other severe birth defects, as well as miscarriage, he said.
If an infection does occur in a human the most common symptoms are fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, headaches, nausea and vomiting. A small number of infected people develop inflammation of the membranes around the brain.
Death is not common in humans infected with LCMV, the release said.

08-22-2005, 12:27 PM
WWE summerslam results.

1)The Rabid Wolverine makes his way to the ring first.
The U.S. Champion is next to the ring.
The bell signifies the start of the match.
The match ends.
In one of the quickest championship matches in WWE history, Benoit defeats Jordan, making him tap to the Crossface.
Chris Benoit is the new U.S. Champion.

2)the bell sounds signifying the start of the match.
The sold-out crowd chants Hardy's name.
This is unlike any other match, as very few wrestling maneuvers have been used.
This match has quickly turned into an emotionally-charged brawl, as fists continue to fly.
Matt Hardy is busted wide open.
The ref tries to back Edge up to check on Hardy's wound.
Hardy's face is covered in blood.
The ref continues to check on Hardy, as Edge muscles his way towards Hardy.
Hardy is a bloody mess, but continues to attempt a comeback.
Edge continues at the bloody Hardy.
Hardy will not back down, he refuses to quit.
The ref calls for the bell.
The referee awards the match to Edge, claiming Hardy is too bloody to continue, despite the fact that Hardy did not give up.

3)For the first time in the history of WWE, the custody of a child will be at stake in this match.
Guerrero climbs the ladder as his wife makes her way into the ring.
Guerrero's wife knocks over the ladder with Eddie on it, allowing Rey a clear shot up the ladder.
With Guerrero's wife's help, Mysterio is able to climb the ladder and grab the papers.
Dominick is now going home with Angie and Rey Mysterio, the only parents he has ever known.

4)Christy accompanies Eugene to the ring.
The sold-out crowd chants "You suck" as Angle makes his way to the ring.
Eugene offers his hand to Angle.
Angle, however, is all business and immediately attacks Eugene.
Angle looks determined to gain a measure of revenge on Eugene.
Eugene manages to hit Angle with a Rock Bottom as the ref begins the count.
Angle is up at two.
Eugene hits Angle with the Stone Cold Stunner.
Eugene then applies the Angle's ankle lock.
Angle rolled out of the ankle lock, sending Eugene into the turnbuckle.
Angle then applies an ankle lock of his own.
Eugene tries to fight the pain.
Eugene eventually taps out to the ankle lock.
After the match, Angle brings a steel chair into the ring.
Angle stands on the top of the chair, as he demands his music play while the ref present him with his gold medal.

5)An elderly man has found his way into the ring.
Undertaker tries to clear the man from the ring.
Orton hits the distracted Undertaker with an RKO.
Orton goes for the pin.
1, 2, 3 - Randy Orton wins.
Halfway up the entranceway, Orton hugs the elderly fan.
Orton then removes the elderly fan's disguise.
The elderly fan is revealed to be Randy's father - Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr.

6)Cena grabs a running Y2J and sets him up for the FU.
Y2J is motionless on the mat after being hit with the FU.
Cena covers Y2J.
1,2,3, John Cena wins!

7)Batista covers JBL.
Batista wins!

8)HBK is first to hit the ring...
A giant American flag covers the SummerSlam entranceway as Hulk Hogan makes his way to the ring...
Hogan goes for the pin.
1,2,3, Hulk Hogan wins!
Hogan poses after the match.
A defeated HBK interrupts Hogan's posing.
In an act of class, HBK extends his hand to Hogan.
Hogan accepts HBK's hand shake as SummerSlam 2005 draws to a close.

08-22-2005, 12:31 PM
DETROIT (AP) - Eminem's soap opera of a life has taken another sudden turn. Thursday night's announcement that Eminem had entered a hospital to undergo treatment for sleep medication dependency came days after he canceled his European tour, citing exhaustion. And a month ago, the 32-year-old rap superstar denied reports that he was preparing to retire from recording.
"It's a really unique situation where you have someone who is at a crossroads personally and professionally," said Elliott Wilson, editor in chief of the hip-hop magazine XXL.
The man born Marshall Mathers III rose to pop stardom over the past six years by delivering four best-selling CDs, deeply personal lyrics and a starring role in the semi-autobiographical film "8 Mile." So his life story is known to millions: A transient childhood spent mostly in Detroit and its suburbs; a series of dead-end jobs; plenty of drug use; contentious relationships with his mother and wife; and an undying love of his young daughter.
His most recent album, "Encore," was released last year, and he recently finished the nationwide "Anger Management" tour.
"Hopefully, he can figure out where he is mentally," said Wilson, whose magazine has published several long interviews with Eminem. "Ultimately, he's going to have to make some career choices. How many records does he plan on doing? Will this be the last tour?"
In July, Eminem denied an impending retirement, but did hint at a breather.
"When I say I'm taking a break, I'm taking a break from my music to go in the studio and produce my other artists and put their albums out," he said on MTV's Web site. "When I know my next move, I'll tell everyone my next move."
Dennis Dennehy, Eminem's publicist, declined to comment Friday. A call to Paul Rosenberg, the rapper's manager, was directed to Dennehy.
In 2001, Eminem was sentenced by a Michigan judge to two years' probation and ordered to submit to drug testing for carrying a concealed weapon. Police said Eminem pistol-whipped a man he said he saw kissing his estranged wife, Kim Mathers, outside a nightclub.
He hit his peak in 2002: his third album, "The Eminem Show," sold more than 7 million copies, and "8 Mile" made more than $100 million at the box office while earning him an Oscar for best song.
He told the Detroit Free Press that he had abandoned his frenetic drug use - which he said could have killed him - and was exercising daily.
But narcotics remain a part of Eminem's image as long as fans remember songs like 2000's "Drug Ballad":
"`Cause every time I go to try to leave/ Somethin' keeps pullin' on my sleeve/ I don't wanna, but I gotta stay/ These drugs really got a hold of me/ `Cause every time I try to tell them `No'/ They won't let me ever let them go/ I'm a sucka all I gotta say is/ Drugs really got a hold of me."

08-22-2005, 12:35 PM
ATLANTA (AP) - Coretta Scott King is slowly recovering from a stroke that had left her unable to walk and barely able to speak, and she has been singing with a speech therapist, her daughter said Sunday.
"It's not in the soprano voice that she has," Bernice King said of her mother, a trained classical singer. "But it's in a voice that's good to hear."
Doctors say the 78-year-old widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. suffered a stroke Tuesday that left her weakened on the right side of her body and mostly unable to speak.
At a prayer vigil at The King Center, Bernice King said her mother was able to lift her right leg Sunday.
About 400 people attended the vigil, including Christine King Farris, the sister of Martin Luther King Jr., and civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory.
The Rev. Joseph Roberts, senior pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, noted Coretta Scott King's courage in the days after her husband was assassinated.
"That kind of person can never be put down," he said. "We know the same spirit that carried her through the moments of sorrow ... is available to her even now."
Dr. Maggie Mermin, King's personal physician, said she is expected to remain at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital for another week or so.

08-22-2005, 12:39 PM ( 50 Years Later, Ex-Internees Get Diplomas ( ( Baez Performing Near Crawford War Protest (

08-22-2005, 12:40 PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Facing trial and possible execution for the massacre of his fellow Muslims, ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein sought in a letter published Sunday to cast himself as a martyr, writing that his "soul and existence is to be sacrificed" for the Arab cause.

08-31-2005, 09:50 AM
Two Toronto men dead from West Nile virus

Canadian Press

TORONTO ? Two Toronto men have died from West Nile virus, the first reported deaths in Canada this year from the mosquito-borne disease.

Health officials confirmed Tuesday a 63-year-old man and a 90-year-old man died from the virus on the weekend.

"They both had the more severe type of West Nile virus, the neurological symptoms, and they got progressively worse in hospital," said Dr. Michael Finkelstein, Toronto's associate medical officer of health.

Finkelstein said the deaths have been directly attributed to West Nile; in many cases, the virus is considered a contributing factor to death along with other medical conditions.

He said both men were likely infected in the city in late July or early August.

There are also concerns the warm, dry weather in Ontario this summer may have an amplification effect on the virus.

"We know that in the past, when we've had very warm weather -- like 2002 -- we had more human cases of West Nile," Finkelstein said.

The Public Health Agency of Canada's website lists 20 West Nile-related deaths in 2002, compared with two in 2004.

Finkelstein said there could be more cases to come, and people should be taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

"In the past, we have seen more cases reported to us in September, and that's why it's important to tell people that the risk for West Nile virus is still here."

09-03-2005, 11:00 AM
U.S., UK investigate 'bomber tape' (

09-05-2005, 11:39 AM
Urge impeachment closure for economic, political stability
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Say people are already tired of political drama

Local government officials ? governors, vice governors, mayors, vice mayors, councilors and barangay chairmen ? will troop to Congress today to try to serve as a "healing link" between the administration and the opposition and ask lawmakers to finally close the impeachment issue for the sake of economic and political stability in the country.
Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) president Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado said the local executives will appeal to the lawmakers to decisively resolve as soon as possible the impeachment complaint against President Arroyo.
He said the nation must now unite in order for the Filipino people to survive. "The people are tired of the opposition?s political drama. Let us face the energy crisis and other economic problems rather than continue bickering on a highly volatile issue that will further divide the nation," he said.
Eastern Samar Gov. and ULAP spokesman Ben Evardone said the administration and the opposition should put a closure to the impeachment issue now that its resolution is in sight.
"The local government units (LGUs) are willing to set the tone of unity and reconciliation," Evardone said, adding, "it?s about time that we all unite to move our country forward."
He said the administration and the opposition should now buckle down to work to tackle more pressing problems like the oil crisis, unemployment, education, health, infrastructure, and livelihood.
"The people are longing for honest to goodness public service. They are tired of rhetorics and lip service. Unity and reconciliation should be in the frontburner. Politics should be in the backburner," he said.
"We will try to serve as a healing link between the administration and the opposition. Its about time that we move forward as one. Political bickerings should be a thing of the past," Evardone said.
He said so much energy has been wasted by too much politics.
Aside from the governors led by Aumentado and other ULAP officials, top officers of the Leagues of Vice Governors, City and Municipal Mayors, Vice Mayors and Councilors will also join the local government executives when they visit Congress today to air their appeal to lawmakers.

Nograles says opposition has grown desperate

House Majority Leader Prospero Nograles Sunday said the opposition has grown desperate, accusing it of using unscrupulous means such as malice, insult and cheap personal attacks rather than reason to save its impeachment complaint against President Arroyo.
"The pro-impeachment solons are out of arguments," Nograles said. "They are resorting to personal
attacks?and we know that personal attacks are the weakest form of argument available to the losing
He was referring to opposition allegations that Malaca?ang had offered bribes and extended favors to gain the loyalty of lawmakers who have rejected the amended impeachment complaint as baseless and unconstitutional.
"Please stop insulting the administration congressmen who do not believe in your impeachment bid.
Respect their votes just as they respect yours," Nograles said.
"Opposition statements that the administration has offered cash and travel to congressmen who don?t favor impeachment are arrogant, and a foul and desperate attempt to besmirch your colleagues? reputations," he said.
He reiterated that those who refused to sign the impeachment complaint believe strongly in the absence of a legal basis to remove the President from office and will maintain this stand in the plenary
voting on the report of the Committee on Justice this week.

09-05-2005, 08:34 PM
Indonesian air crash kills over 130 ( 2005-09-05 19:42:39
xinsrc_0820902051457125283015.jpg ( All 117 aboard an Indonesian plane that crashed shortly after takeoff are dead, a government spokesman said on Monday. (Photo: Xinhua)
MEDAN, Indonesia, Sept. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- An Indonesian passenger plane with 117 people on board crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra capital of Medan minutes after take-off Monday morning, killing more than 130 people aboard and on the ground.
The Boeing 737-200 belonging to low-cost carrier Mandala Airlines hit dozens of houses and vehicles and landed on the YaminGinting street in Medan, before it burst into flames.
The ill-fated plane took-off at 09:40 local time (02:40 GMT) heading to Jakarta.
"The plane unusually shook but the cabin crew didn't say anything. So I thought it was normal and nothing would happen," Freddy Ismail, a passenger who survived the accident, told reporters at the Adam Malik hospital in Medan.
Freddy, 53, said stewardesses had just concluded showing the routine simulated procedures for emergencies when the accident happened.
The plane carried 112 passengers and five crew members. North Sumatra Governor Rizal Nurdin and two senators of the Regional Representative Council (DPD), or the upper House, are among the death toll.
Speaking to journalists in Medan, Mandala's president Asril Hamzah Tanjung revealed that the plane was manufactured in 1981 and certified worth flying until 2016.
There was a 'take-off failure' but "whether it was caused by bad weather or mechanical problems remains unknown," he said.
Hundreds of policemen, soldiers, paramedics and residents involved in the evacuation process under heavy rain.
Mandala claimed that at least six passengers survived the disaster and underwent treatment at two hospitals in Medan, around 1,500 km northwest of Jakarta.
There were conflicting reports about the number of people killed on the ground, but a member of the search and rescue team put it at 30.
The Polonia airport is surrounded by densely populated housing complexes in Medan, the biggest city on Sumatra island.
It was the fourth major air accident in the country in the lastten months, after an MD-82 belonging to the Lion Air skidded off the runway in Central Java leaving 31 people dead last November, and two police aircraft crashed in separate accidents that killed 21 people in February and September.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa to launch a thorough investigation into the Mandala accident and take steps to "prevent future disasters."
The National Committee for Transportation Safety (KNKT) immediately deployed seven investigators to Medan to investigate the accident.
The cabin voice recording, known as black box, was found about five hours after the crash, Mandala spokesman Alex Wijoyo said.
The black box will likely be brought to the United States, or Australia, for further investigation, he said, adding that the matter would be decided by the Ministry of Transportation.
In Jakarta, Vice President Jusuf Kalla urged air operators to apply strict controlling measures following the Monday's accident.
Indonesia has at least 22 low-cost carriers, many of them have been forced to cut spending to keep low fares amid intense competition. Enditem ( Related Story

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this bridge is between biloxi and ocean springs.

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this has before and after video of our area.

10-14-2005, 05:34 AM
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - The likelihood of a human flu pandemic is very high, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt warned Monday as he sought Southeast Asian cooperation to combat the spread of bird flu.
Leavitt and the director of the World Health Organization are touring Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to seek their collaboration in preparing for the anticipated public health emergency linked to the H5N1 strain of the disease.
That strain has swept through poultry populations in many parts of Asia since 2003 and jumped to humans, killing 65 people, mostly through direct contact with sick fowl.
While there have been no known cases of person-to-person transmission, World Health Organization officials and other experts have been warning that the virus could mutate into a form that spreads easily among people. In a worst-case scenario, millions could die.
Three influenza pandemics have occurred over the last century and "the likelihood of another is very high, some say even certain," Leavitt said after meeting with Thai health officials to review the their preparations.
"Whether or not H5N1 is the virus that will ultimately trigger such a pandemic is unknown to us," he said at a news conference. "The probability is uncertain. But the warning signs are troubling. Hence we are responding in a robust way."
Leavitt's tour comes after President Bush last month established the "International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza" to coordinate a global strategy against bird flu and other types of influenza.
Leavitt said "containment" was the first line of defense against the illness, encouraging countries to step up development and production of vaccines and strengthen efforts to detect any cases of human transmission early.
Thai Public Health Minister Suchai Charoenratanakul said Thailand would contribute at least 5 percent of its antiviral drug supplies to a proposed Southeast Asian regional stockpile.
World Heath Organization Director General Dr. Lee Jong-wook said preparation was the key to preventing a flu epidemic such as the one that struck in 1918, killing an estimated 40 million to 50 million people.
"Now we know in advance what is happening and we have to prepare ourselves. That is our duty," he said.
Also Monday, Turkey and Romania slaughtered thousands of birds after both countries said they detected the disease, and the European Union and other countries banned the import of poultry from the two nations. Bird flu has not been confirmed by expert laboratories, however, and it is unknown whether the poultry deaths in either location involve the H5N1 strain.
Nonetheless, some 40,000 birds in eastern Romania were to be slaughtered in coming days, authorities said.
"I think it's better to take these preventive measures now," even without confirmation of H5N1, Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu said Sunday.
Associated Press writers C. Onur Ant in Istanbul, Turkey, and Raf Casert in Brussels, Belgium, contributed to this report.

10-15-2005, 02:32 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After the longest break in its 153-year history, Cafe Du Monde will once again fill New Orleans' Jackson Square with the luscious smell of beignets and rich, chicory-laced coffee.
The French Quarter landmark known to tourists the world over for its fried dollops of dough dusted with powdered sugar is getting ready to reopen next week, a month and a half after being shut down by Hurricane Katrina.
Cafe Du Monde normally stays open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas. But it sold its last order of hot beignets at midnight on Aug. 27, a day and a half before the storm roared in and devastated New Orleans.
The cafe had only minor damage from Katrina, but a combination of storm-related problems - no power, no drinkable water and no electricity for several weeks - kept it closed.
Its owners took advantage of the shutdown to clean and upgrade kitchen appliances and other parts of the business that are constantly in use.
The reopening is set for Wednesday at 6 a.m. - not soon enough for locals and relief workers.
"My mouth waters every time I walk by there," said French Quarter resident Faye Riley. "I've been having withdrawal symptoms."
Beignets are French-style doughnuts made according to a recipe brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. The dark-roast coffee is served either black or au lait - mixed half and half with hot milk. Dried chicory root adds flavor and intensifies it, too.
The menu has not changed much since 1852, when the cafe opened in the French Market. Tourists love to get an authentic taste of New Orleans there. And New Orleans students have made it a tradition to close out prom night with coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde.
"Blowing powdered sugar on your date's tuxedo was a rite of passage in New Orleans," said Kit Wohl, who grew up in the French Quarter.
Archie Casbarian, who owns Arnaud's Restaurant, another New Orleans institution, moved to the French Quarter in 1966, and used to go carousing back then. "And I always ended up at Cafe Du Monde for coffee and beignets," he said. "It's a well-known hangover cure."
Cafe Du Monde sells so many beignets that it uses up 2 1/2 to 5 tons of flour every two weeks.
On Thursday, workers painted the walls, boiled water in the deep fryers and hauled in new equipment. The tables and chairs that normally fill the patio were still stacked inside the building, and workers cleaned up tree limbs around the area.
"We've found about 50 of our 150 employees, and the cleanup will be finished by Tuesday," general manager Scott Escara said. "We'll turn the fryers on about 5 Wednesday morning and we should have hot beignets pretty quick after that."

12-06-2005, 11:11 PM
A friend referred me to this news article:

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Google bombers attack Arroyo website

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12-27-2005, 09:18 AM
the MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY (MIAA) hope to earn an estimated 7 billion pesos in five years from the new $5 "SECURITY FEE".it would require begining next year from international passenger departure "NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (NAIA).

the MIAA is ready to submit this proposal to the CIVIL AERONAUTICS BOARD (CAB),after holding a second hearing attended by the AIRLINE OPERATORS COUNCIL (AOC),the Board of AIRLINE REPRESENTATIVES (BAR) and the TRAVEL OPERATORS.:cool:

02-05-2006, 12:12 AM
I tried to find that thread, pero di ko na mahanap...mods, can you please move this if you would find it...thanks

79 deaths in "Wowowee" first anniversary stampede!

Tens of thousands of people who were waiting outside the Philsports Arena in Pasig City to watch the anniversary program of the ABS-CBN noontime show "Wowowee" pushed and shoved for about an hour starting at 6 a.m., trying to get inside. This resulted in a stampede an hour later, with scores of people getting trampled... The death toll in the stampede has reached 79

My condolences to the victims and their's a sad day

click here for the updated story (

02-05-2006, 01:10 AM
oo nga bay anonymous nakakalungkot ang balita na yon.nabasa ko rin yan at nakita sa TV.
thank for sharing.

02-05-2006, 11:24 AM
Wowowee: Entertainment, hope for the poor

By Nini Valera

A P2.5-MILLION house and lot package, P1 million in cash and a passenger jeep were to be the top prizes in what would have been the first-anniversary celebration yesterday of "Wowowee."

Conceived as a no-brainer noontime game show, "Wowowee" is famous for giving away as much as P2 million in cash daily. It is hosted by Willie Revillame and is aired over ABS-CBN.

The house and lot package was to be the grand prize in the "Pera o Bayong" segment, where 300 players would have taken part.

A "home partner" was to win the same prizes as the studio contestant winner through an electronic raffle system involving text messages sent to a designated cell phone number.

A minor raffle would have also given away P10,000 in cash each to a number of people in the audience.

A traditional part of the show was for overseas-based Filipinos in the audience to greet their families abroad.

These balikbayan would usually donate dollar bills, collected in a basket passed around during the show, to comprise the consolation prizes for losing contestants in games like "Willie of Fortune" and "Bigatin."

In an interview with Inquirer Entertainment before the show was launched last year, Revillame said "Wowowee" was envisioned to be a source of hope and money for the poor.

"We will do our best to make the contestants win," he said. "That's why our questions are all give-away questions."

Asked why ABS-CBN produced shows that encouraged mendicancy and dependency on dole outs, ABS- CBN vice president for entertainment Charo Santos-Concio said that the show was meant to entertain and to give hope to the people.

"The reality today is that there are plenty among our countrymen who are poor," she said in Filipino. "We only want to give them hope. We're all human, and I think most of us have tried our luck in games of chance. But we are not encouraging mendicancy."

Tina Monson Palma, who heads ABS-CBN Foundation, said part of the donations from sponsors were given to non-government organizations like Bantay Bata.

"A lot of people have expressed their desire to help," she said in Filipino. "They want to give money to certain organizations. You can check with the NGO's (for an accounting of these donations."

"Wowowee" replaced the variety show "MTB...Ang Saya-Saya," which was hosted by Edu Manzano and Ai-Ai de las Alas.

It has been drawing thousands of people to the ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City.

The show, however, has not surpassed the ratings of "Eat Bulaga," aired on the same time slot on rival network GMA 7, in terms of share of viewers.

02-05-2006, 07:05 PM
Danish embassy in Beirut torched! (

02-17-2006, 08:43 PM
By PAUL ALEXANDER, Associated Press Writer 40 minutes ago

MANILA, Philippines - A rain-soaked mountainside disintegrated into a torrent of mud, swallowing hundreds of houses and an elementary school in the eastern Philippines on Friday. Eighteen people were confirmed dead, and at least 1,500 were missing.
"It sounded like the mountain exploded, and the whole thing crumbled," survivor Dario Libatan told Manila radio DZMM. "I could not see any house standing anymore."
The farming village of Guinsaugon on Leyte island, 420 miles southeast of Manila, was virtually wiped out, with only a few jumbles of corrugated steel sheeting left to show that the community of some 2,500 people ever existed.
Two other villages also were affected, and about 3,000 evacuees were at a municipal hall.
"We did not find injured people," said Ricky Estela, a crewman on a helicopter that flew a politician to the scene. "Most of them are dead and beneath the mud."
The mud was so deep ? up to 30 feet in some places ? and unstable that rescue workers had difficulty approaching the school. Education officials said 200 students, six teachers and the principal were believed to have been there.
Sen. Richard Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross, said 1,500 people were missing and 200 people might be dead.
He appealed to U.S. troops in the Philippines for a joint military exercises to send helicopters. U.S. military spokesman Capt. Dennis Palmer said American forces were ready to help as soon as they received an official request from the Philippine government.
The provincial governor asked for people to dig by hand, saying the mud was too soft for heavy equipment.
There appeared to be little hope for finding many survivors, and only about three dozen were extricated from the brown morass before dark halted rescue efforts for the night.
"It was like the whole village was wiped out," said air force spokesman Lt. Col. Restituto Padilla.
Aerial TV footage showed a wide swath of mud amid stretches of rice paddies at the foothills of the scarred mountain, where survivors blamed illegal logging for contributing to the disaster.
Rescue workers dug with shovels for signs of survivors, and put a child on a stretcher, with little more than the girl's eyes showing through a covering of mud.
"Let us all pray for those who perished and were affected by this tragedy," President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ( said in a statement.
"Help is on the way," she promised survivors. "You will soon be out of harm's way."
Volunteers from nearby provinces were quickly joined by groups of troops being ferried in by helicopter, with more en route by sea.
Army Capt. Edmund Abella said he and about 30 soldiers from his unit were soaking wet from wading through mud up to their waists. Flash floods also were inundating the area, and the rumble of a secondary landslide sent rescuers scurrying for safety.

"The people said the ground suddenly shook, then a part of the mountain collapsed onto the village," Abella told AP by cell phone. "Some houses were carried by the mudflow, some were destroyed and other were buried.
"It's very difficult, we're digging by hand, the place is so vast and the mud is so thick. When we try to walk, we get stuck in the mud."
He said the troops had just rescued a 43-year-old woman.
"She was crying and looking for her three nephews, but they were nowhere to be found," Abella said.
While the official death toll was only 18, Southern Leyte province Gov. Rosette Lerias told radio DZBB that 500 houses in Guinsaugon were feared buried after nonstop rains for two weeks.
An elementary school was in session when the landslide struck between 9 and 10 a.m., and about 100 people were visiting the village for a women's group meeting.
"The ground has really been soaked because of the rain," Lerias said of downpours blamed on the La Nina weather phenomenon. "The trees were sliding down upright with the mud."
She said about half a square mile was covered in thick mud that remained unstable.
"Our communication line was cut because our people had to flee because the landslide appeared to be crawling," Lerias said.
Rep. Roger Mercado, who represents Southern Leyte, said the mud covered coconut trees and damaged the national highway leading to the village. Lerias said many residents evacuated the area last week due to the threat of landslides or flooding, but had started returning home during increasingly sunny days, with the rains limited to evening downpours.

Source:Yahoo news

02-17-2006, 08:46 PM
i was reading that news too at the house kaninang madaling araw. nakakaawa sila... :cry:

02-17-2006, 11:36 PM
Saw that in CNN..i was terrified! kaawa naman mga kababayan nating mahirap na nga buhay, ganyan pa ang sinapit nila..:-/

02-18-2006, 06:49 PM
Nakakaawa talaga ang nangyari sa mga kababayan natin sa visaya. Ito po ang latest sa nangyari sa Leyte ( from abs-cbn news

02-19-2006, 04:10 AM
nakaka-awa talaga sila, nakita ko sa cnn nong friday :(

02-21-2006, 10:06 AM
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Right-wing British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after admitting to an Austrian court that he denied the Holocaust - a crime in the country where Hitler was born.
Irving, who pleaded guilty and then insisted during his one-day trial that he now acknowledged the Nazis' World War II slaughter of 6 million Jews, had faced up to 10 years behind bars. Before the verdict, Irving conceded he had erred in contending there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
"I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz," Irving testified, at one point expressing sorrow "for all the innocent people who died during the Second World War."
Irving, stressing he only relied on primary sources, said he came across new information in the early 1990's from top Nazi officials - including personal documents belonging to Adolf Eichmann - that led him to rethink certain previous assertions.
But despite his apparent epiphany, Irving, 67, maintained he had never questioned the Holocaust.
"I've never been a Holocaust denier and I get very angry when I'm called a Holocaust denier," he said.
Irving's lawyer said he would appeal the sentence.
"I consider the verdict a little too stringent. I would say it's a bit of a message trial," attorney Elmar Kresbach said.
State prosecutor Michael Klackl declined to comment on the verdict. In his closing arguments, however, he criticized Irving for "putting on a show" and for not admitting that the Nazis killed Jews in an organized and systematic manner.
Irving appeared shocked as the sentence was read out. Moments later, an elderly man identifying himself as a family friend called out "Stay strong, David! Stay strong!" before he was escorted from the courtroom.
Irving has been in custody since his November arrest on charges stemming from two speeches he gave in Austria in 1989 in which he was accused of denying the Nazis' extermination of 6 million Jews.
Irving, handcuffed and wearing a navy blue suit, arrived at the court carrying one of his most controversial books - "Hitler's War," which challenges the extent of the Holocaust.
Throughout the day, Irving sat quietly and attentively in the stifling courtroom.
Irving's trial was held amid new - and fierce - debate over freedom of expression in Europe, where the printing and reprinting of unflattering cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad has triggered violent protests worldwide.
"Of course it's a question of freedom of speech," Irving said. "The law is an ass."
The court convicted Irving after his guilty plea under the 1992 law, which applies to "whoever denies, grossly plays down, approves or tries to excuse the National Socialist genocide or other National Socialist crimes against humanity in a print publication, in broadcast or other media."
Austria was Hitler's birthplace and once was run by the Nazis.
"He is everything but a historian ... He is a dangerous falsifier of history," Klackl said, calling Irving's statements an "abuse of freedom of speech."
Klackl said the Austrian law does not "hinder historical works."
"You have to look at each case individually," he said. "The point is, what is someone trying to do? It's the intent."
Kresbach, however, said people "should have a right to be wrong."
The verdict was welcomed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which also highlighted the issue of freedom of speech.
"While Irving's rants would not have led to legal action in the United States, it is important that we recognize and respect Austria's commitment to fighting Holocaust denial, the most odious form of hatred, as part of its historic responsibility to its Nazi past," the center's associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, said in a statement.
Kresbach said last month the controversial Third Reich historian was getting up to 300 pieces of fan mail a week from supporters around the world and was writing his memoirs in detention under the working title "Irving's War."
Irving was arrested Nov. 11 in the southern Austrian province of Styria on a warrant issued in 1989. He tried to win his provisional release on $24,000 bail, but a Vienna court rejected the motion, saying it considered him a flight risk.
Within two weeks of his arrest, he asserted through his lawyer that he had come to acknowledge the existence of Nazi-era gas chambers.
However, he has claimed previously that Adolf Hitler knew little if anything about the Holocaust, and he has been quoted as saying there was "not one shred of evidence" the Nazis carried out their "Final Solution" to exterminate the Jewish population on such a massive scale.
Irving, the author of nearly 30 books, has contended most of those who died at concentration camps such as Auschwitz succumbed to diseases such as typhus rather than execution.
In 2000, Irving sued American Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt for libel in a British court, but lost. The presiding judge in that case, Charles Gray, wrote that Irving was "an active Holocaust denier ... anti-Semitic and racist."
Irving has had numerous run-ins with the law over the years.
In 1992, a judge in Germany fined him the equivalent of $6,000 for publicly insisting the Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz were a hoax.

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02-24-2006, 11:30 AM
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04-05-2006, 11:42 PM
Today at 1:02am. and 3 seconds, the exact date and time was 01 02 03 04 05 06. This will occure again in the afternoon...twice in a lifetime!

04-05-2006, 11:49 PM
Can you explain more Bevy, what do you mean,i understand nothing, tanx.

04-06-2006, 12:06 AM
1:02:03 am 04/05/06...this is the time and date

04-06-2006, 12:17 AM
well, i slept thru the first occurrence :p

04-06-2006, 12:28 AM
I was awake, but didn't even realize that. Good one Bevs :up: .

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05-28-2006, 12:18 AM
so scary naman yang balitang yan!
nakakalungkot pa.

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07-27-2006, 07:05 AM ( British Open 2006 (
Image gallery of the 2006 British Open winner, Tiger Woods. An interactive look at the golf course ( and the past winners ( of the tournament. ( All Star Game (
Major League Baseball's annual midseason classic will be played in Pittsburgh next Tuesday, July 11. Find photos and stats for all the starters.

07-28-2006, 01:58 AM ( Decides Not to Expand Offensive (
Israeli Government Decides Against Expanding Offensive in Lebanon, but Calls Up 30,000 More Troops...

Blackout Hits London Commercial District (

Israel Decides Not to Expand Offensive (

Londoners Complain About U.S. Embassy (

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07-29-2006, 06:24 AM ( Says 26 Hezbollah Fighters Killed (
Israel Says It Killed 26 Hezbollah Guerrillas in Fight for Town in Southern Lebanon...
News: Death toll from Calif. heat rises to 132 (

Sports: Vick vows to give super effort in 2006 (

Jury Convicts 4 in Aryan Brotherhood (

Europe Swelters As Heat Wave Continues (

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07-30-2006, 09:34 AM ( Lightning Sparks Massive Explosion in Vegas (
A massive ball of flames erupted at a Las Vegas truck stop Friday night, after lightning struck a propane... ( Radio: Iran to Reject U.N. Proposal (
State Radio: Iran Will Reject Proposed U.N. Resolution on Nuclear Program...

Science: Grave searched for 'Black Paul Bunyan' (

Israel Pulls Out of Hezbollah Stronghold (

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07-31-2006, 01:04 AM ( Killed, Hurt in Israeli Airstrike (
Israeli missiles destroyed several homes in a Lebanese village early Sunday, killing at least 40 people in one building as fighting broke out along the border.
Sports: World's fastest man tested positive ( ( Congo Begins Historic Vote (
Congolese Begin Voting in War-Battered Nation's First Democratic Election in 4 Decades...

War-Battered Congo Begins Historic Vote (

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08-01-2006, 02:12 AM ( Interior Minister Faces Criticism (
Some Iraqi Parliament Members Calling for Dismissal of Interior Minister Over Worsening Security...
Video: Fire Damages British Set of New Bond Film (

Politics: Bush stresses 'sustainable' Mideast peace (

News: Israel's Olmert: No cease-fire in Lebanon (

Heat Wave Rolling Over Plains, Midwest (

Atlanta Office Buildings Reopened (

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08-02-2006, 02:49 AM ( Sees Environmental Devastation (
The environmental damage caused by the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has attracted little attention but experts warn the long-term effects could be devastating.

Politics: Bush pressured to call for Mideast truce (

Movies: Film industry assesses Gibson fallout (

Sports: Favre suddenly gushing about Packers (

Video: Castro Reliquishes Power ( ( British Troops Killed in Afghanistan (
Taliban Ambush British Patrol in Afghanistan, Killing 3 Soldiers a Day After NATO Took Control...
ACLU Accuses Miss. Mayor of Profiling (

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08-03-2006, 01:02 AM ( Vows Security Takeover This Year (
Iraqi President Vows Forces Will Take Over Security This Year, Even As U.S. Transfers Troops...

News: Israel sends 8,000 troops into Lebanon (

Politics: U.S. weighs plans for new era in Cuba (

Pa. Addicts Paid Big Bucks to Shoplift (

Hezbollah Fires Record Number of Rockets (

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08-03-2006, 01:16 AM (
Beirut ( Lebanon ( Mideast ( Philippines ( Photos ( Arroyo orders evacuation of 30,000 Filipinos (
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday ordered the evacuation of all Filipinos from Lebanon, estimated at 30,000 workers, citing the deteriorating situation there. So far, the government... (photo: WN/js1)
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Philippine leader wants political killings solved (
| MANILA (Reuters) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Tuesday gave Philippine state prosecutors and national police a 10-week deadline to solve a spate of political ... (photo: Edwin Paril -- OPS-NIB ) Tehran Times
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RP hosting Asean; hope all goes well (
| THE Philippines is playing host this year to the 39th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in December and ministerial meeting next July. And as chairm... (photo: Dado Aguilar-OPS-NIB) The Manila Times