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  • Apple drops secrecy pledge for iPhone developers

    10/01/2008 1:24:52 PM PDT · by RS · 3 replies · 333+ views
    AP ^ | 10/01/08 | Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Apple Inc. will no longer force iPhone software developers to sign a nondisclosure agreement that many had said was hampering their ability to work. .... Recently, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company also barred programmers whose applications it rejected from iTunes -- the only legitimate place to sell iPhone "apps" -- from posting the reasons for rejection on the Web.
  • Apple seeds iPhone OS 2.2 beta (build 5G26)

    09/25/2008 8:00:53 PM PDT · by RS · 2 replies · 354+ views
    AppleInsider ^ | 08/25/08 | AppleInsider
    Apple on Wednesday seeded iPhone developers with the first beta of iPhone Software version 2.2, which arrived as build 5G26 alongside a new version of the iPhone SDK labeled build 9M2611.
  • Buzz surrounding Palin overshadows Biden's efforts

    09/14/2008 10:00:36 AM PDT · by RS · 20 replies · 240+ views
    Washington Post via San Diego U/T ^ | 09/14/08 | Perry Brown
    ~snip ~ Biden - In response to a question, he voiced a view many Democrats hold, that New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton “might have been a better pick than me” to be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate.
  • Apple own up to iPhone 3G difficulties

    09/10/2008 4:00:56 PM PDT · by RS · 10 replies · 233+ views
    Times online ^ | 09/10/08 | Mike Harvey, Technology Correspondent
    Apple admitted that there were problems with the iPhone Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, last night owned up to the problems surrounding the new iPhone 3G and said a new software update would be released to fix the glitches.
  • Apple and AT&T Stores Having Difficulty Activating iPhones (UPDATE: It's the iPocalypse)

    07/11/2008 1:01:11 PM PDT · by RS · 46 replies · 217+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 7/11/08 | Gizmodo
    "This does not look good. Apparently people at home can't even upgrade to firmware 2.0 and the problem is afflicting iTunes on an international scale." ~snip~ This is how some of those newly bricked iPhones are occurring, and a source tells us that even first gen iPhones are susceptible.
  • Unlocking the new iPhone won’t be worth the trouble

    06/13/2008 7:33:42 PM PDT · by RS · 56 replies · 61+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 13, 2008 | David Zeiler
    Sellers of unlocked iPhones are about to go out of business. The revised terms of Apple’s agreement with carrier AT&T will make buying an iPhone with the intent of unlocking virtually impossible. ~snip~ But according to a Computerworld article, AT&T will require the return of the iPhone before it cancels the contract. http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9096978
  • Apple raises prospect of solar-powered iPhone

    05/27/2008 11:47:31 AM PDT · by RS · 12 replies · 59+ views
    technology.timesonline.co.uk ^ | May 27, 2008 | Jonathan Richards
    Owners of Apple devices such as iPods and iPhones may soon be able to charge them up by leaving them out in the sun.
  • IPhone Is No Longer Available in UK

    05/09/2008 11:15:35 AM PDT · by RS · 6 replies · 82+ views
    PC World ^ | 5/09/08 | Carrie-Ann Skinner
    O2 has confirmed reports that the iPhone is not currently available anywhere in the UK, and customers may have to wait for the putative 3G Apple iPhone.
  • iPhone price cut shocker! T-Mobile Germany practically giving away the eight gigger

    04/06/2008 7:02:07 PM PDT · by RS · 8 replies · 173+ views
    t3.c0m ^ | 04/04/08 | t3.com
    Thanks to either crappy sales figures, the introduction of the 16GB iPhone or the looming shadow that is the 3G iPhone (or more likely than not a combo of the lot) T-Mobile Germany is, from this Monday, offering up the 8GB iPhone at the bargain price of 99 euros - around £78 at the current exchange rate.
  • Apple affirms iPhone target

    02/27/2008 7:08:12 PM PST · by RS · 13 replies · 64+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/27/08 | Scott Hillis
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) affirmed on Wednesday its iPhone sales goal for this year and said it will give details next week of how outside programmers can create software for its iPhone, a move expected to spur demand for the multifunction device. Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, speaking at a Goldman Sachs investment conference, said he had "really good confidence" the company could hit its oft-stated goal of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of the year. Apple shares rose 3.7 percent in extended trading, building on a 3.2 percent increase to...
  • Immigrants appear to be fleeing Ariz.

    02/19/2008 8:07:12 AM PST · by RS · 60 replies · 27+ views
    New York Times News Service via San Diego U/T ^ | 02/19/08 | Randal C. Archibold
    PHOENIX – The signs of flight among Latino immigrants here are multiple: families moving out of apartment complexes, schools reporting enrollment drops, business owners complaining about fewer clients. ~snip~ ...the state has enacted one of the country's toughest laws to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, and the county sheriff in Phoenix has been enforcing federal immigration laws by rounding up people living here illegally.
  • Price cuts coming for iPhone and iPod Touch?

    02/16/2008 8:45:55 PM PST · by RS · 4 replies · 71+ views
    9to5mac ^ | 02/16/08 | Andre "DVDBack23" Yoskowitz
    According to 9to5mac, Apple is preparing to drop the prices on its very popular iPhone and iPod Touch models, possibly as soon as next week. The rumored price cut will be $100 USD for both the Touch and the iPhone and the smaller capacity 8 GB Touch will be completely dropped from the line just as the 4 GB iPhone was last year.
  • Apple's iPhone numbers do not add up

    01/26/2008 6:47:28 PM PST · by RS · 37 replies · 62+ views
    The Register ^ | 01/25/08 | John Oates
    Analysts looking at both Apple's results and those posted by AT&T - Apple's iPhone partner in the US - have noticed a large discrepancy in the figures. Apple says it has sold 3.7m iPhones in total. AT&T says it has sold 2m iPhones, and European operators are believed to have sold between 300,000 and 400,000 handsets. Which means there are either 1.3m iPhones being used as bookends, or ....
  • Ex-Sunni insurgents attack al-Qaeda near Baghdad, killing 18, leader says

    11/11/2007 8:34:28 AM PST · by RS · 14 replies · 107+ views
    AP via San Diego U/T ^ | 11/11/07 | Lauren Frayer
    BAGHDAD – Former Sunni insurgents asked the United States to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said yesterday. ~snip~ And at Baghdad's most revered Sunni shrine, the Abu Hanifa mosque, voices blasted from loudspeakers yesterday urging residents to turn against al-Qaeda: “We are your sons, the sons of the awakening, and we want to end the operations of al-Qaeda. . . . We call upon you not to be frightened, and to cooperate with us.” So-called “awakening councils” have...
  • O2 be in England, now that the iPhone's there

    10/04/2007 4:38:31 PM PDT · by RS · 63+ views
    Telcom TV ^ | 09-19-07 | Martyn Warwick
    We sent a camera team down to the flagship Apple store in London's West End in hopes of getting a glimpse of the famous CEO. However, the shop windows were shrouded and the doors guarded by a phalanx of unsmiling, intimidatory black-garbed goons who had obviously taken leave of absence from the normal day job of guarding the gold-braided and medal-festooned personage of the Admiral of the Fleet of the Paraguayan navy to help keep the adoring English crowds at a suitably respectable distance from Mr. Jobs. They needn't have bothered. As usual the phlegmatic Brits took a quick glance...
  • Free Custom Ringtones in iTunes 7.4.1

    09/08/2007 9:38:01 PM PDT · by RS · 1 replies · 131+ views
    macrumors ^ | 09/08/07 | JPyre
    The latest 7.4.1 itunes breaks the last ringtones hack - ... so here's the new hack :-)
  • Apple admits the iPhone was a ripoff at $599 (and how to get a refund)

    09/05/2007 6:01:16 PM PDT · by RS · 20 replies · 426+ views
    www.mercextra.com ^ | September 5th, 2007 | Vindu Goel
    "We all expect the price of electronic gadgets to fall over time, but Apple must’ve set a new speed record today with its announcement — just 68 days after launch — that it’s slashing the price of the 8 GB iPhone by $200. That’s a 33 percent price cut — the kind of sale usually reserved for product flops, not modest successes. (Speaking of flops, Apple also announced it would discontinue the $499 4 GB iPhone because no one wanted it. Big surprise.)"
  • Mexico yanks a roadblock to developing port-rail plan

    08/16/2007 11:45:30 PM PDT · by RS · 4 replies · 475+ views
    San Diego U/T ^ | 08/16/07 | Dianne Lindquist
    Mexico has canceled the disputed mineral concession at Punta Colonet that has held up development of a massive port-rail project geared to create a trade route from Asia into the American heartland through Baja California.
  • Denying Passports helps secure back child support

    08/15/2007 8:26:54 AM PDT · by RS · 85 replies · 1,232+ views
    AP via San Diego U/T ^ | 08/15/07 | AP
    Now that millions of additional travelers need passports to fly back from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and South America, collections under the Passport Denial Program are on pace to about double this year, federal officials told The Associated Press.
  • Apple quietly handling iPhone touchscreen issues?

    08/09/2007 9:42:54 PM PDT · by RS · 7 replies · 239+ views
    engadget ^ | 08/09/07 | lll
    "Other affected owners have taken their iPhones to local Apple stores, where after a brief inspection, Apple Store Geniuses have routinely recommended that the handsets be sent into Apple for a 3-day repair. Apple offers customers a $29 iPhone rental in the meantime, though one customer speaking directly with AppleInsider observed that he successfully negotiated a waiver of the fee during his repair process."
  • Touching the future of computers - Trade show features Microsoft's Surface

    08/05/2007 9:26:27 AM PDT · by RS · 17 replies · 901+ views
    San Diego U/T ^ | 08/05/07 | Jonathan Sidener
    "Imagine a computer that looks like a coffee table and has no mouse or keyboard. " ~snip~ "Styled as a touch-controlled tabletop, the Surface can command music and video with the flick of a fingertip and turn gestures into paintbrush strokes." ~snip~ Microsoft says the Surface is a commercial product, not a demonstration, and that it will appear in hotel, retail and other commercial-partner sites this year.
  • Apple unloads torrent of patches, plus the first iPhone update

    07/31/2007 7:52:21 PM PDT · by RS · 33 replies · 704+ views
    c/net ^ | 07/31/07 | Tom Krazit
    "If you own a Mac or an iPhone, chances are you'll need to download at least one of the security updates issued by Apple late Tuesday. ~snip~ Apple also issued the first software update for the iPhone as part of Tuesday's releases. Unlike the Mac updates, the iPhone update will be delivered through iTunes the next time you sync your iPhone with your Mac or PC. It corrects a few flaws in Safari as well as in Webcore and Webkit, apparently the iPhone versions of some flaws Apple fixed for Mac users of Safari back in June.
  • AT&T to deliver music wirelessly via eMusic

    07/31/2007 9:10:14 AM PDT · by RS · 6 replies · 355+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/31/07 | Reuters
    "AT&T Inc on Tuesday launched a service with eMusic, a retailer of music from independent labels, that allows customers to download songs directly to their mobile phones. ~snip~ The eMusic service will not work on iPhone.
  • Verizon Adds Instant YouTube Uploads

    07/25/2007 10:15:43 AM PDT · by RS · 3 replies · 187+ views
    Gearlog ^ | 07/24/07 | Brian Heater
    "Verizon users can upload camera phone videos directly from their mobile device to Youtube, using the text code YTUBE (98823). The videos will appear on the site in a matter of minutes."
  • iPhlop Part 2 ... Apple Shares Fall on IPhone Numbers

    07/24/2007 4:52:38 PM PDT · by RS · 2 replies · 212+ views
    AP via Forbes.com ^ | 07-24-07 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    AT&T Inc. wiped some of the glow off Apple Inc.'s iPhone on Tuesday, releasing numbers that showed fewer people than expected signed up for service in the first two days of the multimedia cell phone's release. ~snip~ CIBC said it expects Apple and AT&T to boost their marketing push for the iPhone and the companies could introduce a new model in November - earlier than expected - that operates on a faster network. The two models now available cost $499 and $599.
  • Researchers point to iPhone security risk

    07/17/2007 8:48:47 AM PDT · by RS · 5 replies · 198+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | 07/16/07 | InfoWorld
    "If capable of luring iPhone users to malware sites or legitimate sites infected with cross-site scripting attacks, Hoffman said, attackers could infect the devices with spyware that could allow them to track calls, redirect calls placed by a user, place unauthorized calls from the browser, program the device to make repeated calls for an infinite amount of time, or prevent the phones from calling at all." "The researcher with SPI (which was recently acquired by HP) said that the issue was reported to Apple on July 6, however, the iPhone maker has yet to address the issue in any form...
  • iPhone = iPhlop ?

    06/29/2007 7:00:07 PM PDT · by RS · 275 replies · 2,779+ views
    Self | 06/29/07 | Self
    OK - it's about an hour after the launch of this thing ( PST ), 4 hours after the east coast launch, and pretty much NOTHING is showing up about it. Is it simply the yawner that I figured it would be ?
  • Minimum-wage bill to cover U.S. Samoa

    01/14/2007 9:06:45 AM PST · by RS · 52 replies · 1,400+ views
    San Diego U/T ^ | 01/14/06 | ap
    "House Democrats say a just-passed minimum-wage bill will be changed to cover all U.S. territories – including American Samoa – " "Spokesmen for Pelosi and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, the author of the minimum-wage bill, said it excluded American Samoa at the request of nonvoting Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, a Democrat who represents the Pacific island territories in the House. Raising the federal minimum wage would devastate the local tuna industry, Faleomavaega said in a statement last week, adding that American Samoa's economy is “more than 80 percent” dependent on Chicken of the Sea and StarKist."
  • Man gets prison for nuclear hoax

    09/30/2006 7:40:48 AM PDT · by RS · 8 replies · 437+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | September 30, 2006 | Onell R. Soto
    A Mexican drug addict who smuggled immigrants was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday for triggering a hoax that prompted a national security alert, a coast-to-coast manhunt and fears that terrorists would detonate a nuclear bomb in Boston. José Ernesto Beltran Quiñonez, 34, apologized in San Diego federal court during the sentencing for falsely telling a 911 operator in January 2005 that two Iraqi men and four Chinese chemists were awaiting an atomic bomb.
  • Iraq’s Kurdistan authorities execute 11 notorious terrorists

    09/22/2006 8:40:42 AM PDT · by RS · 6 replies · 827+ views
    KurdishMedia.com ^ | 09/21/06 | KurdishMedia.com
    Sheikh Zana’ gang became the first group that have formally been executed by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s authorities, reported local media in Kurdistan on Thursday. The group of 11 people were hanged in the capital of Kurdistan, Arbil on Thursday. The group was named after their leader Zana Nasrat Sheikh Abdulkarim Barzinji, known as Sheikh Zana. The group members confessed to their crimes on Kurdistan’s TV few months ago.
  • Hot blooded

    09/12/2006 9:19:54 AM PDT · by RS · 11 replies · 1,102+ views
    San Diego U/T ^ | 9/12/01 | Steve Breen
  • Bulk purchases, resale of cell phones upset makers

    09/11/2006 7:24:23 AM PDT · by RS · 26 replies · 1,383+ views
    AP via San Diego U/T ^ | 09/11/06 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – People moving state to state, armed with cash and tricks to avoid scrutiny, are buying cheap prepaid mobile phones by the thousands with plans to sell them in Latin America and Hong Kong. Cell phone companies say the practice is costing them millions of dollars, and some have hired private investigators to document what they say is illegal tampering with their phones. ~ After receiving the phones from the buyers, often in bulk shipments, the middlemen deactivate a software lock on the devices so they can be used on other cellular services. The phones are then repackaged...
  • 'Sexual indoctrination' bill vetoed ( by Arnold )

    09/06/2006 4:34:07 PM PDT · by RS · 80 replies · 1,591+ views
    © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 9/6/06 | © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
    The bill vetoed today was SB 1437, which had been approved by the Legislature. It would have prevented any school teaching materials or activities from "reflecting adversely" upon homosexuals, bisexuals or transgenders.
  • Hezbollah: End war or rockets will aim deeper

    07/30/2006 9:33:33 AM PDT · by RS · 29 replies · 848+ views
    AP via San Diego U/T ^ | 7/30/06 | Lee Keath
    BEIRUT, Lebanon – Hezbollah's leader greeted a new Mideast mission by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with a warning of what was to come if an end to the conflict can't be found: rockets deep into central Israel.
  • Saudi forces shoot dead six al-Qaida men

    06/23/2006 1:24:29 PM PDT · by RS · 5 replies · 272+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 06/23/06 | Brian Whitaker
    "Saudi security forces stormed a suspected al-Qaida hideout in the capital early today, killing six militants in a gun battle, according to the interior ministry and local media. One policeman also died in the clashes and a seventh suspect was injured and arrested, the ministry said. The ministry's statement, carried by the official Saudi news agency, said security forces had chased seven members of a "deviant" group to a house in al-Nakheel district of Riyadh. "Deviant" is the term normally used by Saudi authorities to describe supporters of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network."
  • Agreeing to disavow Taiwan puts Irvine at center of uproar

    06/21/2006 9:07:26 AM PDT · by RS · 19 replies · 505+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06/21/06 | Gillian Flaccus
    IRVINE – Representatives of this growing commercial hub have signed an international pact that requires the city to formally disavow the existence of Taiwan, putting it at the center of a political storm. The recently signed sister-city agreement with Xuhui District in Shanghai includes promises not to send official city delegations to Taiwan, not to fly the Taiwanese flag and not to play the Taiwanese national anthem or attend National Day celebrations. It also bans the use of the terms “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan” and stipulates that Irvine recognizes “that there is only one China.”
  • Evil lurks, if you take 666 as gospel

    06/06/2006 3:57:29 PM PDT · by RS · 35 replies · 708+ views
    Newsday ^ | JEFF PEARLMAN
    "There are those worthless souls who ignore the power of 666; who believe Tuesday- June 6, 2006 - is nothing more than another ordinary mark on the ordinary calendar. They will go about their lives, blind to the blood-curdling evil all around. Soon, the streets will fill with death and decay. Soon, scalped chickens will fall from the sky.
  • Canada thwarts terror threat

    06/04/2006 7:45:38 AM PDT · by RS · 7 replies · 273+ views
    NY Times News Service ^ | 6/4/06 | Ian Austen and David Johnston
    At a news conference in Toronto, home to at least six suspects, police and intelligence officials said they had been monitoring the group for some time and moved in to make the arrests Friday after the group arranged to take delivery of three tons of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be made into an explosive when combined with fuel oil. ~snip~ It was not clear whether the group ever had possession of the chemicals. When a police spokeswoman, Cpl. Michele Paradis, was asked whether the group had the three tons of chemicals in their possession and if the police...
  • Mexico is changing attitude toward issues of migration

    06/02/2006 10:13:32 AM PDT · by RS · 71 replies · 1,328+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 6/2/06 | S. Lynne Walker and Sandra Dibble
    ~snip~ With roughly one in 10 Mexicans now living in the United States, President Vicente Fox acknowledges that his country must do more to keep people from looking north for employment. “We want to make it clear to the United States that we have obligations in Mexico. The obligation is to generate jobs. The obligation is to ensure opportunities for our people,” Fox said. ~snip~ Fox's statements signal a change in Mexico's attitude about the immigration problem, political analysts said.
  • Random drug tests, no guns for Limbaugh

    05/01/2006 12:59:16 PM PDT · by RS · 145 replies · 2,730+ views
    CNN ^ | 05/1/06 | CNN
    MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Rush Limbaugh must pass random drug tests for the next 18 months to satisfy an agreement filed Monday that will lead to dismissal of a prescription fraud charge if he stays out of trouble. The conservative commentator also must continue treatment for his addiction and cannot own a gun, according to details of the deal made public Monday. And the agreement says he "will refrain from any violation of any law." ~snip Black urged reporters not to call it an arrest since Limbaugh surrendered and was never handcuffed, but a sheriff's spokesman said technically he was...
  • Koreatown workers ask not to be fired over boycott

    04/27/2006 6:16:59 AM PDT · by RS · 11 replies · 468+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04/27/06 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LOS ANGELES – Hispanic immigrants asked Koreatown business owners yesterday not to fire them if they leave work to participate in demonstrations Monday to bring attention to the immigration reform debate on Capitol Hill.
  • Immigration bill turned quiet voices into a roar

    04/02/2006 8:00:42 AM PDT · by RS · 32 replies · 573+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 04/02/2006 | Leslie Berestein
    SNIP Amy Cervantes, 17, said she learned about the House bill at school and on television. On Friday, the Morse High School senior and two younger sisters joined other teens and a few adult chaperones in a downtown San Diego march that drew roughly 4,000 participants. “It's that law,” she said of her reason for participating, though the House bill has not yet become law. “That 4437, where anyone who helps someone illegal is a criminal.”
  • Feinstein says job crackdowns 'don't work'

    03/31/2006 7:53:24 AM PST · by RS · 111 replies · 1,528+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 03/31/06 | Jerry Kammer
    "Sen. Dianne Feinstein said yesterday that it would be pointless to couple the legalization of immigrants with a crackdown on U.S. employers who hire unauthorized workers. “I don't think it makes any sense,” Feinstein said. Federal immigration officials, she noted, have backed off in the past when faced with opposition in communities where work sites are disrupted. " “What has been shown is that employer sanctions don't work,” Feinstein said. “You go into a field and you cite an agricultural grower, and the whole community erupts because everybody knows that grower has to harvest his crop or the crops lie...
  • Oceanside schools ordered closed after immigration protests

    03/30/2006 7:24:56 AM PST · by RS · 39 replies · 854+ views
    San Diego Union / Tribune ^ | 3/30/06 | Sherry Saavedra
    SNIP Some students hurled food, milk cartons and plastic bottles at officers, prompting law enforcement to shoot pellets filled with pepper spray at the crowd's feet, police said. Three boys threw chunks of concrete at officers and were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Oceanside Sgt. Leonard Mata said.
  • Pending illegal border crossers in dark on possible law change

    03/22/2006 8:30:19 AM PST · by RS · 11 replies · 502+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 03/22/2006 | Anna Cearley
    SNIP "What they knew was this: Despite owning land back home, they didn't have the technology and couldn't make the necessary investment to cultivate crops for export. The corn and beans they grew went to feeding their own families. They had been told that higher-paying jobs awaited them in Northern California. "
  • Public reading of Voltaire's 'Fanaticism' angers Muslims

    03/10/2006 8:47:04 AM PST · by RS · 12 replies · 497+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | 03/09/2006 | Andrew Higgins
    The play, “Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet,” uses the founder of Islam to lampoon all forms of religious frenzy and intolerance. ~snip~ When Voltaire wrote the play in 1741, Roman Catholic clergymen denounced it as a thinly veiled anti-Christian tract. Their protests forced the cancellation of a staging in Paris after three performances and hardened Voltaire's distaste for religion. ~snip~ Goldzink said Voltaire mocked all religions but had some sympathy for Islam, which Voltaire described as “less impure and more reasonable” than Christianity and Judaism. ~snip~ He later campaigned in vain to reverse a blasphemy conviction against a French noble,...
  • Board won't allow alternatives to school exit exam

    03/09/2006 6:21:19 AM PST · by RS · 14 replies · 294+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 03/09/06 | Juliet Williams
    SACRAMENTO – The state Board of Education has voted against offering alternative assessments for students who fail to pass California's high school exit exam. ~snip~ About 100,000 seniors, more than one-fifth of the state's roughly 450,000 high school seniors, had not passed at least one of the sections at the start of this school year.
  • Christian mobs kill Muslims in Nigeria; homes, shops looted

    02/24/2006 9:22:33 AM PST · by RS · 297 replies · 4,722+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE ^ | 02/24/2006 | Lydia Polgreen
    "ONITSHA, Nigeria – Charred bodies littered the streets of this bustling commercial center yesterday after three days of rioting in which Christian mobs wielding machetes, clubs and knives set upon their Muslim neighbors. Rioters have killed scores of people here, mostly Muslims, after burning their homes, businesses and mosques in the worst violence yet linked to the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad first published in a Danish newspaper. The violence erupted after similar attacks on Christians in northern Nigeria last week by Muslims infuriated over the cartoons. " ~snip~ "Residents combed through destroyed shops and homes of Muslims to loot."...
  • Seemingly random extremist attacks a disturbing trend

    02/18/2006 9:15:17 AM PST · by RS · 6 replies · 305+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 02/18/2006 | Paul Garwood
    "BAGHDAD, Iraq – Marwan Rassam's restaurant is a Baghdad institution, famous for its pizzas and grilled meat sandwiches wrapped in flat “saj” bread. Ordinary as that may seem, Rassam's diner was bombed last year by extremists who have broadened their targets beyond Americans, Iraqi police and troops to include bakers, cigarette vendors and even employees of a perfume boutique." ~snip~ "Two brothers working in an exclusive cologne and perfume shop in south Baghdad's Maalif district were gunned down yesterday inside the store. The killers left without taking anything, police said. About an hour later, armed men attacked a nearby watch...
  • More details emerge on arrest of "bin Laden's man in Sweden"

    02/14/2006 7:51:06 AM PST · by RS · 14 replies · 1,185+ views
    Czech Radio ^ | 12/14/2006 | Rob Cameron
    "More details have emerged about the arrest in Prague on Sunday of a person described by the Swedish media as "Osama bin Laden's man in Sweden." The man, a 39-year-old Swede of Lebanese origin, is now in custody awaiting a decision on whether extradition proceedings can begin against him. " ~snip~ "Mr Kassir was on a Czech Airlines flight from Stockholm to Beirut, where he hoped to be reunited with members of his family. The plane had a brief stopover in Prague, and as soon as he stepped onto Czech soil he was approached by members of an elite police...