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  • Fabled Etruscan Kingdom Emerging?

    04/22/2004 6:18:57 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 760+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 4-22-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Fabled Etruscan Kingdom Emerging? By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News April 21, 2004 — The fabled kingdom of the Etruscan king Lars Porsena is coming to light in the Tuscan hills near Florence, according to an Italian University professor. Known as Chamars, where the lucumo (king) Porsena reigned in the 6th century B.C., this was the leading city-state of the Etruscan civilization that dominated much of Italy before the emergence of Rome. It was from there that Porsena is said to have launched his most successful attack upon Rome in order to restore the exiled Tarquinius Superbus to the throne. Porsena...
  • BBC Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavelli

    03/25/2014 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 11 replies
    BBC via Youtube ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | BBC
    With performances from Peter Capaldi, imagine. marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's notorious book The Prince. Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavell. This video has been recorded at the international conference on 'Machiavelli's The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics' at Brunel Unive. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Nicolo Machiavelli's seminal work The Prince The BBC's Tim Wilcox discusses Machiavellian ideals vs modern Italian politics.
  • New artifacts suggest civilization in America began earlier than thought

    03/28/2013 3:31:37 AM PDT · by WCH · 26 replies
    FOX ^ | 3.27.2013 | n/a
    Dr. Clark Wernecke says 2.6 million artifacts have been discovered at the Gault Site in Central Texas. "That's just an unheard of quantity," said Wernecke. What's also surprising, the artifacts suggest people must have arrived somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 years ago. Wernecke said, "So, much earlier than we had originally thought." "Very slow going," added Wernecke. "Every object larger than a dime, we get its exact depth, with a laser...It goes on with a permanent maker on a tag in a little baggie, then all that information goes on the outside of the bag. Everything is done two or...
  • It's come to this: High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun

    02/02/2013 2:03:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/02/2013 | Eric Owens
    Yet another student has been suspended for having something that represents a gun, but isn’t actually anything like a real gun. This time, Daniel McClaine, Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School in Tan Valley, Arizona, made the mistake of setting a picture of a gun as the desktop background on his school-issued computer. The picture shows an AK-47 lying on a flag, reports KNXV-TV. The gun isn’t his, McClaine assured the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. He found it on the Internet and liked it, partly because he is interested in serving in the military after graduation. A teacher...
  • Columbus debunker sets sights on Leonardo da Vinci

    07/28/2008 6:04:40 PM PDT · by decimon · 34 replies · 88+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 28, 2008 | Tim Castle
    LONDON (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of machines are uncannily similar to Chinese originals and were undoubtedly derived from them, a British amateur historian says in a newly-published book. Gavin Menzies sparked headlines across the globe in 2002 with the claim that Chinese sailors reached America 70 years before Christopher Columbus. Now he says a Chinese fleet brought encyclopedias of technology undiscovered by the West to Italy in 1434, laying the foundation for the engineering marvels such as flying machines later drawn by Italian polymath Leonardo.
  • Mona Lisa's Skeleton Found?

    07/22/2012 1:11:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wed Jul 18, 2012 01:01 PM ET | Rossella Lorenzi
    Archaeologists say they have found a complete skeleton buried beneath the floor of an abandoned nunnery in Florence, Italy, which might belong to Lisa Gherardini, the woman believed to have inspired Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The bones were found beneath the remains of an altar in the church of the now derelict Convent of St. Orsola. "That altar was certainly in use at Lisa Gherardini's time," said Valeria D'Aquino, an archaeologist at the Tuscan Superintendency
  • Italian Prosecutor: Calabrian Mafia "Is Quickly Spreading In The United States"

    06/16/2012 3:58:24 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 39 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/16/12 | Friends of Ours
    The 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has emerged as the world's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries. Indeed, Nicola Gratteri, a top anti-Mafia prosecutor in Italy warns that "this mafia is quickly spreading in the United States, particularly in Florida and New York" as reported by Beatrice Borromeo for The Daily Beast: Gratteri's latest operations have led to the sentencing of 34 'Ndrangheta members and have uncovered a...
  • Puppies abandoned in a taped box [in 110+ heat]

    07/13/2011 12:51:50 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 23 replies
    WIS News ^ | 7/12/11 | WIS Staff
    FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) A college student home for the summer came across a strange box in the middle of the road in the Florence, only to find two abandoned puppies. When Florence resident Dani Ball opened the taped box she found two puppies, left to die on the side of the road. Ball says instinct took over and she was determined to save the small animals. "I've been crawling around in dog cages since I [could] crawl," laughs Ball. Dani was babysitting when she got a call from a neighbor about a mysterious package sitting on the side of the...
  • Letters detail Tennessee man's terrorist plans (Abdulhakim Muhammad - Arkansas recruiter shooter)

    11/15/2010 8:07:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Volunteer TV ^ | 11/15/10
    <p>MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee man charged with killing a soldier at a recruiting station in Arkansas says in letters to a newspaper that he had planned a larger-scale attack before his arrest.</p> <p>Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad says he was planning multiple attacks including sites in Nashville and Florence, Ky.</p>
  • Black bear captured in Florence (SC)

    06/25/2010 8:29:58 PM PDT · by SC Swamp Fox · 21 replies ^ | 25 June 2010 | CONTINUOUS NEWS DESK STAFF
    FLORENCE – A bear that spent much of Friday eluding law enforcement officers from a handful of agencies was finally caught Friday night after leading Florence Police on a final chase through one of Florence’s busiest intersections. A motorist spotted the juvenile bear walking across Darlington Street at about 7:30 p.m. and called police, Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said. Police contacted the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, but had to hold the bear at bay until wardens could make it to the scene. The bear walked through All-Star Lanes bowling alley parking lot on Cashua Drive and into...
  • What does Christianity all mean? Renaissance Italy offers an idea!

    04/23/2010 12:41:55 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 8 replies · 270+ views
    04/23/2010 | WesternCulture
    Pico della Mirandola was a thinker who lived in 15th century Florence. The notion of the world he nurtured was somewhat differing to the one we favor today. Not to speak of the ideas of the unforgiving clerics of that time. Despite this, Pico della Mirandola's ideas on the image of man are relevant. This is how educated inhabitants of Renaissance Florence interpreted God's one and only message to man: ``We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select,...

    12/24/2009 1:16:03 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 663+ views
    INTERNET ^ | December 23, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "...let's get back to the woeful tale of Bro. Ismail Royer, as presented at the Umar Lee blog:" SNIPPET: "Mr. Royer, formerly associated with CAIR, is currently serving a 20 year sentence for his work on behalf of designated Terrorist group Lashkar e Taiba. Lashkar e Taiba is notable among other things for having killed 171 people in Mumbai in 2008, among many other atrocities."
  • Italy Arrests Seven Red Brigades Suspects

    10/24/2003 9:42:10 PM PDT · by TexKat · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 10/24/03 | ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press Writer
    ROME - Police raided homes across Italy before dawn Friday and arrested seven alleged members of the radical Red Brigades suspected of the 1999 killing of a Labor Ministry consultant. Authorities said the arrests struck at the heart of the left-wing terror organization, which sprang back into action a few years ago after more than a decade of silence. The suspects, officials said, might also have had a role in the slaying of another government adviser last year. Police arrested three men in Rome and one in Florence, prosecutors said. A woman was picked up in Pisa and another near...
  • Deadly shoot-out on Italian train

    03/02/2003 6:58:17 AM PST · by nypokerface · 10 replies · 325+ views
    BBC ^ | 03/02/03
    One policeman was killed and another injured during a shoot-out on an Italian passenger train involving a suspected Red Brigades member, state television reported. The trouble started when an officer asked a passenger on the Florence-bound train for his identity documents. "The passenger put a gun to the head of one of the policemen and fired," a witness said in an interview with state radio. "Then he fired several more shots [at the other officer]," the traveller said. The injured man suffered a serious lung wound. A third policeman rushed to the aid of his colleagues, firing several shots, one...
  • Remains of temple of Isis found [ Florence Italy ]

    06/01/2009 3:46:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 536+ views
    ANSA News in English ^ | May 28, 2009 | unattributed
    Workmen inside Florence's courthouse have stumbled across a spiral column and hundreds of multicoloured fragments that experts believe may have belonged to a Roman temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. Dating to the second century AD, the remains were discovered as the men dug a five by three metre hole, barely four metres deep, for a new water cistern for the courthouse's anti-incendiary system... Palchetti said the remains were ''comparable'' to others found over the last three centuries in the immediate area that have also been attributed to the temple of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of motherhood and...
  • Italian authorities carry out raids against "Islamist radicals" across country

    04/03/2009 2:31:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,124+ views
    April 2, 2009 Italian authorities carry out raids against "Islamist radicals" across country SNIPPET: "Rome, 2 April (AKI) - Twenty-six foreigners suspected of links to international terrorism as well as aiding and abetting illegal immigration are being investigated by Italian police, after raids carried out on Thursday in various Italian cities. The raids were carried out in properties around the northern cities of Vicenza, Venice, Padova, Brescia, Como, Cuneo and Trento, the central city of Florence and the southern city of Caserta. The anti-terrorism and organised crime investigators in March 2007 began probing alleged Islamic fundamentalists attending the Via Dei...
  • Could the Western World of today develop anything resembling a new renaissance?

    08/22/2008 9:38:37 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 47 replies · 299+ views
    08/22/2008 | WesternCulture
    - YES! To begin with, let's try and fully understand what Renaissance Florence actually has accomplished, apart from making tourists feel like this: "I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty ... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations ... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call 'nerves.' Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear...
  • U.S. Zapping Al-Qaeda? - Bin Laden disciple claims irradiated food on "supermax" prison menu

    08/04/2008 5:35:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 211+ views ^ | August 4, 2008
    AUGUST 4--An Osama bin Laden disciple serving life in the United States's only "supermax" federal prison believes that jailers are putting his health in jeopardy by X-raying all his food trays and commissary items in search of contraband items. Convicted terrorist Mohamed Al-Owhali alleges that the Bureau of Prisons security measure unreasonably increases his "daily exposure to potentially carcinogenic radiation," which the al-Qaeda operative claims violates Eighth Amendment prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment. The 31-year-old Al-Owhali, who is being held at the "supermax" lockup in Florence, Colorado, was convicted of conspiring to bomb a U.S. embassy in Africa, an...
  • ICRSS Ordinations by Archbishop Burke in Florence (Extraordinary Form) (Catholic Caucus)

    07/15/2008 9:20:24 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 134+ views
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 7/14/2008 | Shawn Tribe
    There are now images up of the priestly and other ordinations of the Institute of Christ the King (ICRSS) that took place inside the beautiful Santi Michele e Gaetano church in Florence, Italy. The ordaining bishops were Bishop Basil Meeking, Emeritus of Christchurch, and Archbishop Raymond L. Burke.
  • 150 National Guard troops return home

    10/28/2007 3:34:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 85+ views ^ | Anthony Cabrera
    One hundred fifty soldiers with the Arizona Army National Guard's 259th Security Force Company returned home Saturday. Members come from across the state, including Tucson, Casa Grande, Sierra Vista and Florence. Dozens of families were in Phoenix Saturday to welcome home their loved ones who spent a year of service in Iraq. But the Security Force Company did not return in full, something people couldn't help but think of. "Because although all of them are coming back, there's still some that we've lost, some that have gotten injured, and we're thinking of them as well in this time," Renate Garcia...
  • Florence (Italy) putting squeeze on squeegee men (causing "great danger" to drivers and pedestrians)

    08/29/2007 7:31:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 219+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/07 | AP
    FLORENCE, Italy - Florence, Renaissance city of art and history, is trying to clean up its streets by cracking down on squeegee men, saying they were causing "great danger" to drivers and pedestrians alike. Mayor Leonardo Domenici issued a decree last week to force the squeegee men — people who wash drivers' windshields and demand payment — off the streets, imposing fines and detention of up to three months. The decree, which is valid through Oct. 30 but can be renewed, alleged the squeegee men were hindering traffic, inconveniencing pedestrians and abusing drivers, particularly women. While the measure was applauded...
  • Calcio Storico Fiorentino: Bare Knuckle Football

    05/06/2007 8:57:56 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies · 953+ views
    The Offside ^ | April 10th, 2007 | Bob
    Calcio Storico Fiorentino: Bare Knuckle FootballBy: Bob | April 10th, 2007 Before football became the civilized and tidy sport that it is today it was Wild in the Streets in both England and in Italy. By some accounts, the early form of Italian football began in the 59 BC in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The sport of giuoco del calcio fiorentino - a mix of soccer, rugby, Greco-Roman wrestling and bare-knuckle fighting - was played by the aristocrats on every night between Eipiphany and Lent.According to the occasionally reliable Wikipedia: The official rules of calcio were published for...
  • I Need Your Advice

    02/14/2007 8:48:33 AM PST · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 78 replies · 1,576+ views
    no source ^ | 02.14.2007 | big guy and rusty 99
    My wife (repogirl)is planning to go Europe this summer, however the trip is not yet set in stone. She is worried about possible terrorist attacks while she is over there. I was looking some advice, perhaps by European freepers as well, about how dangerous Europe is right now. She is going on a "tourist" tour, which means no out of the way places. Any advice would be helpful. As this is a serious matter, I am only looking for constructive advice. Please do not post any sarcastic or stupid remarks. Thank you in advance.
  • St. Mark of Ephesus and the False Union of Florence

    01/29/2007 1:49:27 PM PST · by kawaii · 19 replies · 305+ views
    St. Mark of Ephesus and the False Union of Florence Part III of His Life by Archimandrite Amvrossy Pogodin VI. THE CONCLUSION OF THE UNION TO THE OTHER afflictions which the Orthodox delegation suffered in Florence was added the death of the Patriarch of Constantinople. The Patriarch was found dead in his room. On the table lay (supposedly) his testament, Extrema Sententia, consisting in all of some lines in which he declared that he accepted everything that the Church of Rome confesses. And then: "In like manner I acknowledge the Holy Father of Fathers, the Supreme Pontiff and Vicar of...
  • 'Mona Lisa' died in 1542, was buried in convent

    01/20/2007 6:18:40 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 883+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 20, 2007
    An expert on the "Mona Lisa" says he has ascertained with certainty that the symbol of feminine mystique died on July 15, 1542, and was buried at the convent in central Florence where she spent her final days. Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola," the Italian press reported Friday. Born Lisa Gherardini in May 1479, she is thought to have been the second wife of Del Giocondo, a wealthy silk merchant, with whom she had...
  • Mona Lisa Grave Found, Claims Scholar

    01/20/2007 6:40:37 AM PST · by mathprof · 1 replies · 466+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 1/19/07 | Rossella Lorenzi
    The woman behind Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting may be buried near a now derelict building in the heart of Florence, according to archival documents. The exact location of Mona Lisa's burial site, the convent of Sant'Orsola, was just a about 900 feet away from the house of the artist's father, according to the historian, Giuseppe Pallanti. "The mystery of Mona Lisa's identity is over. My study shows that she did exist indeed," Pallanti told Florence's daily La Nazione. he author of two books on the Mona Lisa, Pallanti has identified her as Lisa Gherardini, the wife of the...
  • Hunt for Da Vinci painting will resume[Missing "Battle of Anghiari"]

    01/14/2007 3:33:39 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 9 replies · 1,290+ views
    AP ^ | 13 Jan 2007 | ARIEL DAVID
    A real-life Da Vinci mystery, complete with tantalizing clues and sharp art sleuths, may soon be solved, as researchers resume the search for a lost Leonardo masterpiece believed to be hidden within a wall in a Florence palace. Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli and officials in the Tuscan city announced this week they had given approval for renewed exploration in the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of power for various Florence rulers, including the Medici family in the 16th century. There, some researchers believe, a cavity in a wall may have preserved Leonardo's unfinished painted mural of the "Battle of Anghiari" for...
  • Florence, Italy - A Sunday in the name of Oriana.

    10/13/2006 8:11:15 AM PDT · by an italian · 18 replies · 519+ views
    13rd OTT 2006 | An Italian
    Hallo FRiends. I want to know you that next Sunday (15th October 2006) in Florence will be the Public Commemoration for the Italian Writer Oriana Fallaci. It will take place in a great and important room of the "Old Palace" in the center of the City. It has been organized by the Italian Movie-Director Franco Zeffirelli and the Italian Journalist Enrico Mentana. Of course I will come. And of course I will report for you. A lot of people miss Oriana. God bless you all. Claudia
  • Venice And Florence To Tax Visitors

    10/03/2006 7:00:37 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 583+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-4-2006 | Malcom Moore
    Venice and Florence to tax visitors By Malcolm Moore in Rome (Filed: 04/10/2006) Visitors to Venice and Florence will be taxed up to five euros (£3.40) each a day from next year. Every day almost as many people visit Venice as live there. The new tax is the only way to balance the books, says it mayor The cities, which attract 35 million tourists every year, have been given permission by the government to raise the tax to make up for sweeping cuts to their central funding. Massimo Cacciari, the mayor of Venice, said the new tax was the only...
  • Terror Inmates' Mail Still Goes Unread

    10/03/2006 5:38:10 AM PDT · by angkor · 9 replies · 582+ views
    AP Newsvine ^ | 3 Oct 2006 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    WASHINGTON — Federal prison officials aren't reading all mail sent and received by convicted terrorists and other high-risk inmates, a security gap that could prove deadly, a Justice Department review concluded Tuesday. Moreover, prison investigators read less inmate mail now than a year ago at seven of 10 prisons surveyed by the Justice Department's inspector general. "Consequently, the threat remains that terrorist and other high-risk inmates can use mail and verbal communications to conduct terrorist or criminal activities while incarcerated," concluded the inspector general's report of U.S. Bureau of Prisons facilities. The mail investigation was spurred, in part, after three...
  • A Street for Oriana! HELP US!

    09/22/2006 12:13:30 AM PDT · by an italian · 5 replies · 411+ views
    22nd september 2006 | an italian
    Hallo everybody! I write today in the name of some Italian web site ( and As you know, last week the Italian writer Oriana Fallaci passed away. You know for sure how much I loved and I still love her. Well, some people in Florence want to dedicate to her a Street or a Square. But the Major of the city (a commie, by the way) said no. I ask you to send him an e-mail asking to intitolate a Street with the name of Oriana Fallaci. We have already done it and we're asking to everybody to join...
  • Italians in ADULT stem-cell advances

    09/06/2006 9:51:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 302+ views
    Ansa ^ | 09.06.06
    Adult kidney, liver cells can repair organs, studies say (ANSA) - Florence, September 6 - Two teams of Italian scientists have made important advances in stem-cell research that could pave the way for new treatments for kidney and liver disease. What is more, the researchers say the cells appear able to turn into an array of other body cells. Importantly, amid controversy over the use of embryos for stem-cell research, both discoveries were made in adults. A Florence team led by top immunologist Sergio Romagnani has identified kidney stem cells that have proved capable of helping damaged kidneys repair themselves....
  • Florence predicted to briefly reach Cat 3 strength

    09/06/2006 2:32:29 PM PDT · by stm · 2 replies · 256+ views
  • Hurricane Florence update

    09/03/2006 1:44:19 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 581 replies · 16,963+ views | NHC Via Wunderground
  • Rare Photo of Florence Nightingale Shown

    08/07/2006 7:34:18 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 20 replies · 2,840+ views ^ | 8 7 06 |
    LONDON (Aug. 7) - A rare photograph of Florence Nightingale went on display Monday to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous nurse's return to Britain from the Crimean War. The faded black-and-white photo, taken in May 1858, shows Nightingale reading on the grounds of her family home in Hampshire, southwest of London. It is one of only eight known photographs of one of nursing's most important figures. She shunned publicity, believing it would detract from her efforts to improve conditions in British hospitals. The photograph, which is going on show at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, was taken...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...

    11/18/2005 12:13:48 PM PST · by aculeus · 15 replies · 2,298+ views
    adnkronosInternational ^ | November 18, 2005 | AKI
    Brescia and Naples, 18 Nov. (AKI) - The three Algerians detained on Tuesday in the Italian cities of Brescia and Naples were planning a massive terror attack - "on a ship as big as the Titanic, packed with explosives" - that aimed to kill "at least 10,000 people", as well as an attack on "Italian citizens and interests" in Tunisia, according phone conversations between the three men, which Italian anti-terror police say they intercepted after al-Qaeda's deadly 7 July attacks on London and on the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. In their tapped phone conversations, Yamine Bouhrama, Mohamed...
  • Potential Successors to Pope John Paul II

    04/03/2005 9:26:09 PM PDT · by iceemonster · 39 replies · 4,242+ views
    NPR Online ^ | April 2, 2005 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty, April 2, 2005 · "Tip O'Neill was correct," says Father Tom Reese, editor in chief of America, the Catholic weekly magazine. "All politics is local... even in the Catholic Church." Reese suggests that instead of focusing on the possible papal candidates as a bookie would look at horses in the starting gate, try to think about the election from the point of view of the electors, the cardinals who cast the votes. "Each cardinal is thinking, how will this candidate go over in my diocese?" Reese says. "If you're from the Third World, you're concerned with people who are...
  • Carolina dreaming

    09/06/2004 4:46:19 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 4 replies · 326+ views
    The State ^ | 06 September 2004 | DAVID POOLE
    THIS IS NOT the column I was supposed to write. My newspaper was expecting something about the Chase for the Nextel Cup, a few hundred words about how eight guys are separated by 50 points as they claw for three spots in the group that in two weeks will start a 10-race playoff for this year's title. I spent part of Friday trying to put a column like that together, asking the four Dodge drivers among those eight if the chance their manufacturer could be shut out of the title chase put added pressure on them in Sunday's Pop Secret...
  • Florence (and 15 other) County voters will use new machines this fall (SC)

    08/06/2004 6:24:04 PM PDT · by SC Swamp Fox · 14 replies · 258+ views
    The Morning News (Florence, SC) ^ | Aug 6, 2004 | Traci Bridges
    Florence County voters will use new machines this fall FLORENCE - Florence County voters will see new electronic voting machines when they go to the polls in November, Florence County Voter Registration and Elections Director Russell Barrett said Thursday. The State Election Commission announced Wednesday it signed a contract with Election Systems and Software for new voting machines in 16 counties, including Florence. State commission director Marci Andino said the state had to pick a vendor quickly so counties can begin receiving their equipment by mid-August and complete training. The state is working to replace punch card equipment similar to...
  • Italian Authorities Break Up Islamic Cell

    05/09/2004 6:27:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 310+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/9/04 | Frances C. D'Melio - AP
    ROME - Anti-terrorism police arrested the Algerian cleric of a mosque and four Tunisians Sunday in a crackdown authorities said was aimed at preventing an al-Qaida-linked cell from sending suicide attackers to Iraq (news - web sites). The suspects were seized in pre-dawn raids in three cities in the northern Tuscany region, Genoa's Police Chief Oscar Fiorolli said. Genoa, a northern port city, began the investigations that led to the arrests. The suspects allegedly belonged to a cell of Ansar al-Islam, an organization based in northern Iraq with links to al-Qaida, Fiorolli told the Associated Press in Rome in a...
  • {Republican} Jim Bunning Apologizes For "Joke" About {Democrat} Rival

    04/01/2004 5:35:29 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 14 replies · 277+ views
    Louisville, KY, Courier-Journal ^ | 04-01-04 | Cross, Al
    <p>Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, at a recent GOP event, told diners that state Sen. Daniel Mongiardo, his likely opponent in the November election, looks like one of Saddam Hussein's sons.</p> <p>Yesterday, his campaign said it was a joke and apologized.</p>
  • Pee Dee Area Freeper Lunch, Florence, South Carolina Saturday, January 3, 2004, 12 Noon

    12/31/2003 2:23:27 PM PST · by SC Swamp Fox · 34 replies · 253+ views
    Palmetto Freepers ^ | 12/31/2003 | SC SwampFox
    Pee Dee Area Freeper Lunch Join us for lunch and good conversation. Where: Western Sizzlin' Florence, South Carolina When: Saturday, January 3, 2004, 12 Noon The Western Sizzlin is on the frontage road of David McLeod Blvd, directly across from Magnolia Mall. Take the I-20 Spur (East), at the first traffic signal take a right and then an immediate left on to the frontage road. The Western Sizzlin is about 150 yards on the right. North Carolina FReepers are welcome to join us. Just follow the "South of the Border" signs and continue south for another 25 miles.
  • Sick Photo of the Week: "Anarchist" Demonstrator in Florence (ANTI-SEMITISM ALERT!)

    11/11/2002 8:39:34 AM PST · by MikalM · 20 replies · 283+ views ^ | 11/10/02 | AFP
    An anarchist demonstrator wears a shirt with text ´US and David´s star: cancer of humanity´ and a banner reading ´USA and Israel : the true terrorists´ during the anti-war march in Florence, 09 November 2002.(AFP Photo)
  • Encounter by American in Italian Church

    03/30/2002 9:24:51 AM PST · by larryjohnson · 16 replies · 269+ views
    self | self
    I wish some one could send this to all FReepers,not for my vanity but to share my experience with all.On Palm Sunday after a month in Florence,I and my wife entered San Marco, the only church she had not yet dragged me to. A priest greeted us and somehow knew we were Americans. He raised the top part of his garb and flashed an American Flag pin. I opened my jacked and showed him my Flag. I was very touched to say the least. He said he was visiting friends in Tom's River NJ on 11 September and went in...