Keyword: florence

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Mona Lisa's Skeleton? Scientists Perform DNA Testing, Digital Reconstruction On Da Vinci's Neighbor

    08/09/2013 11:54:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 08/09/2013 | By Rebekah Marcarelli
    Researchers may have found the "Mona Lisa" model's skeleton. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons) Scientists are on a mission to find the model for the "Mona Lisa," they plan to dig up centuries-old graves and digitally reconstruct the face of a choice skeleton. Experts believe the model for the famous "Mona Lisa" painting was Leonardo da Vinci's neighbor, Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, ANSA reported. Several skeletons found in a Florence convent last year could be the remains of the model. Experts plan to identify the most likely candidate and compare the DNA with a body believed to be her son. "Right...
  • Younger, happier Mona Lisa painted 10 years earlier, experts believe

    10/01/2012 5:51:27 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 54 replies
    Discovery News via FoxNews ^ | September 27, 2012 | Discovery News
    Leonardo da Vinci painted a younger and happier Mona Lisa some 10 years before painting the famous painting, art experts are claiming. Slightly larger in size than the famous portrait,‭ ‬which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris,‭ ‬the painting features‭ ‬a darker tonality,‭ ‬a different and unfinished background framed by two columns,‭ ‬and‭ ‬shows a younger lady with a less enigmatic smile. Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa,‭ ‬the artwork will be unveiled in Geneva on Thursday by the Mona Lisa Foundation,‭ ‬a Zurich‭-based consortium which has‭ ‬kept the painting in a Swiss bank vault for‭ ‬40‭ ‬years....
  • Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

    09/28/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    wfae.org ^ | 28 Sept 2012 | Mark Memmot
    The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci. Known as the "Isleworth Mona Lisa," the painting is a "portrait of a young woman with an enigmatic smile" much like the famous work of art in The Louvre, as The Associated Press writes. The foundation, which was created for the specific purpose of researching the history of the "early Mona Lisa," says it believes the painting was created 11 or 12 years before the more...
  • Mona Lisas twin sister discovered in Spains Prado art museum

    02/02/2012 3:36:53 AM PST · by Daffynition · 81 replies
    TorontoStar.com ^ | Feb 01 2012 | Sinikka Tarvainen
    MADRIDSpains Prado art museum said Wednesday it had discovered an unusual copy of Leonardo da Vincis La Gioconda, painted by one of the masters pupils at the same time that the original was being completed. The copy had been on display at the Madrid art museum for years without experts being aware of its importance. A routine restoration led experts to discover that the dark background behind the female figure popularly known as Mona Lisa had been added afterward and that it covered an Italian landscape similar to that in da Vincis original.
  • Artist Believes He's Found Secret Code in the Mona Lisa

    12/09/2011 2:33:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    News5 ^ | 12/9/2012
    A New York artist believes he's "cracked the code" of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting. Ron Piccirillo stated on his blog that the painting is an optical illusion with one painting hidden within another. He refers to a "secret that has been hiding for five hundred years" as he claims to have found a lion's head, an ape head and a buffalo head in the painting while turning it around. "I had first Googled this, but could not find anything on it," he stated. "How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?" The key to...
  • A New Theory for "Mona Lisa"

    02/02/2011 4:26:26 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 2 2011 | Mike Krumboltz
    For centuries, people have been speculating about who modeled for Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." Was it Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine merchant? Was it Isabella of Aragon? Was it the artist himself, as some experts believe? Or was it, as new research suggests, none of the above? An Italian art historian, Silvano Vinceti, believes the model for the "Mona Lisa" was a man named Gian Giacomo Caprotti, better known as Salai, a male apprentice (and possible lover) of da Vinci...
  • Professor discovers hidden literary references in the Mona Lisa

    01/06/2011 12:40:58 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies
    Queen's University ^ | January 6, 2011 | Unknown
    Queens University Classics professor emeritus Ross Kilpatrick believes the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, incorporates images inspired by the Roman poet Horace and Florentine poet Petrarch. The technique of taking a passage from literature and incorporating it into a work of art is known as invention and was used by many Renaissance artists. The composition of the Mona Lisa is striking. Why does Leonardo have an attractive woman sitting on a balcony, while in the background there is an entirely different world that is vast and barren? says Dr. Kilpatrick. What is the artist trying to say?
  • Mona Lisa painting 'contains hidden code'

    12/12/2010 10:14:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 70 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/12/2010 | Nick Pisa, Rome
    Art historians are probing a real life Da Vinci Code style mystery after discovering tiny numbers and letters painted into the eyes of the artist's enigmatic Mona Lisa painting. The numbers and letters are not visible to the human eye but have to be viewed under a microscope Leonardo Da Vinci's 500-year-old Renaissance masterpiece has long been steeped in mystery, and even today the true identity of the woman with the alluring smile still far from certain. Now members of Italy's National Committee for Cultural Heritage have revealed that by magnifying high resolution images of the Mona Lisa's eyes letters...
  • Is Mona Lisa too fat?

    02/13/2010 6:48:53 PM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 27 replies · 863+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    BBC reports that Dr. Vito Franco from Palermo University believes that Mona Lisa has a build-up of fatty acids under the skin of her eyes. That is supposed to be a sign of high cholesterol. The news is so absurd I decided to join the fray and come up with few matching thoughts of nonsense.... There was no McDonalds back in the 1507 when Lisa Del Gioconda posed for Leonardo. I wonder what Mona Lisas diet was back then. What we know for sure is that Mrs. Gioconda did not eat French fries because the potatoes were imported from the...
  • "Mona Lisa" comes to life in high-tech art exhibit

    08/27/2009 5:07:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 443+ views
    .reuters ^ | Aug 27, 2009 | Hanna Rantala
    For centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and her enigmatic smile have inspired as much speculation as admiration. Now she's ready to answer questions -- in Mandarin. A digital, interactive version of the renowned 16th century painting is one of 61 high-tech replicas breathing life into classical and ancient art works in the "World Classic Interactive Arts Exhibition" which opened in Beijing last week.
  • Yet Another Mona Lisa Video Released

    04/20/2009 9:35:29 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 1 replies · 391+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 4/20/2009 | Selkirk
    Words cannot describe how powerful this video is, just as its pedecessors have been. Live Action, as part of its Mona Lisa Project, have now visited Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana, Arizona, California, and Tennessee. The story remains the same: young teenage girl, pregnant by her much-older boyfriend seeks help at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Clinic ignores the story and instructs her on how to obtain an abortion, often by lying to a judge (to avoid parental consent) or by crossing state lines (to take advantage of more liberal abortion access laws). By doing so, these clinics are repeatedly violating...
  • German experts crack Mona Lisa smile (discovers model's identity)

    01/14/2008 6:13:34 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies · 535+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 14, 2007 | Sylvia Westall
    German academics believe they have solved the centuries-old mystery behind the identity of the "Mona Lisa" in Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait. ADVERTISEMENT Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, has long been seen as the most likely model for the sixteenth-century painting. But art historians have often wondered whether the smiling woman may actually have been da Vinci's lover, his mother or the artist himself. Now experts at the Heidelberg University library say dated notes scribbled in the margins of a book by its owner in October 1503 confirm once and for all that...
  • High resolution image hints at 'Mona Lisa's' eyebrows

    10/18/2007 7:45:46 AM PDT · by Goodness · 18 replies · 127+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/18/07 | CNN/uncredited
    SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- The "Mona Lisa" has long been shrouded in mystery, including one long-standing question about the famous lady: What happened to her eyebrows and eyelashes? Now, a French engineer and inventor says he's uncovered part of the enigma.
  • Mona Lisa died in 1542, buried in Florence

    01/19/2007 8:52:36 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 33 replies · 1,311+ views
    AFP ^ | 19 Jan 2007 | AFP
    ROME - 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 SantOrsola, 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...
  • Scan hints Mona Lisa pregnant for pose (was La Joconde pregnant?)

    09/27/2006 11:37:35 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,091+ views
    Researchers using three-dimensional technology to study the "Mona Lisa" say the woman depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece was either pregnant or had recently given birth when she sat for the painting. ADVERTISEMENT That was one of many discoveries found by French and Canadian researchers during one of the most extensive physical examinations ever carried out on the artwork. "Thanks to laser scanning, we were able to uncover the very fine gauze veil Mona Lisa was wearing on her dress. This was something typical for either soon-to-be or new mothers at the time," Michel Menu, research director of...
  • Copy of Mona Lisa provides insight into original

    09/26/2006 3:48:28 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 28 replies · 1,202+ views
    CBC Arts ^ | Sept. 24, 2006
    An early copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, which has bright colours believed to reflect the original painting, will go on display in London for the first time since 1902. The original Mona Lisa painting hangs in the Louvre in Paris. (Canadian Press) The Dulwich Picture Gallery will exhibit a reproduction once owned by portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, who received it from the Duke of Leeds in 1790. ..... The reproduction is wider than the original, showing a pair of columns flanking the figure that are only hinted at in Leonardo's version. As well, the colours are much...
  • Scientists to unveil secrets of Mona Lisa

    09/25/2006 4:27:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 47 replies · 2,491+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/25/06 | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - Scientists are due to unveil some of the secrets behind Western art's most enigmatic smile this week, when they present the findings of the most extensive three dimensional scan ever undertaken on the Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece, perhaps the world's most famous painting, is considered a milestone in the art of portraiture and an icon of European culture. A comprehensive examination of the work, painted at some time around 1503-06, was undertaken in 2004, using special 3D technology developed by scientists from Canada's National Research Council (NRC). The scientists scanned the picture on...
  • Riddle of Mona Lisa is finally solved: she was the mother of five

    08/03/2006 6:17:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 410+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 1/08/2004 | Bruce Johnston
    After four centuries in which historians have debated the identity of the artist's subject - with theories ranging from his mother to a Florentine prostitute - new research has supported the claim first made in 1550: that she was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy silk merchant.
  • Enigma of Mona Lisa Smile Cracked

    12/15/2005 3:42:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies · 2,329+ views
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | December 15, 2005 | Robin Arnfield
    According to findings published in the New Scientist, a British journal, the exact breakdown of Mona Lisa's emotions, as captured by Leonardo da Vinci, were 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful, and 2 percent angry. The enigma of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting has been cracked with the help of emotion-recognition software from scientists at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The painting, which is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, was painted at some point between 1503 and 1506, according to art historians. After...
  • Cracking da Vinci's coded smile (83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful and 2% angry)

    12/15/2005 8:10:20 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 14 replies · 460+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | December 15, 2005 | IAN JOHNSTON
    A FEMME fatale with a mocking, ironic smile, a man in drag, an expectant mother or simply a housewife trying to hide the appalling state of her teeth. The true meaning of Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile has haunted art lovers for years, but scientists now believe they have hit upon a breakthrough. Using a computer programme designed to reveal the emotions of a face, they have worked out that Leonardo da Vinci's muse was 83 per cent happy, 9 per cent disgusted, 6 per cent fearful and 2 per cent angry. The study, which was carried out by Professor Nicu...
  • Mona Lisa Smiles From New Louvre Digs

    04/06/2005 1:48:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 515+ views
    Stuff (New Zealand) ^ | 06 April 2005
    PARIS: Four years and almost 5 million euros later, Leonard da Vinci's Mona Lisa has moved into spacious new digs at the Louvre Museum in Paris but her famous smile remains as enigmatic as ever. From Wednesday, visitors will find the 500-year-old painting in the Salle des Etats, a large gallery that served as a parliamentary debating chamber until 1870 and which has undergone a 4.8 million euro makeover since 2001. Peruvian architect Lorenzo Piqueras said he wanted to make it easier for six million annual visitors to find what is arguably the world's most celebrated smile, and to prevent...
  • Louvre: The Mona Lisa Is Deteriorating

    04/26/2004 10:21:27 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 111 replies · 455+ views
    AP ^ | April 26, 2004
    The Mona Lisa (search), Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece of a mysterious woman with a slight smile, is deteriorating, and the Louvre Museum (search) said Monday it will conduct an in-depth technical study to determine why. The thin panel of poplar wood that the work is painted on has become deformed since conservation experts last evaluated the painting, the Louvre said in a written statement. It did not say when the last evaluation was. The Louvre said the condition of the Mona Lisa was causing "some worry" and that a new study on the state of the work has been launched....
  • Nude, Mona Lisa-like painting surfaces

    06/12/2009 4:52:22 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 58 replies · 3,811+ views
    Discovery ^ | JUne 12, 2009 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Leonardo da Vinci, in a Renaissance version of Mad Magazine, may have painted his famous Mona Lisa in a number of ways, including nude. Now, a painting has surfaced that looks much like the original, sparking debate over just how far the master took his iconic painting. The newly revealed painting, hidden for almost a century within the wood wall of a private library, shows a portrait of a half-naked woman with clear links to the famous (and clothed) Mona Lisa. The work, which documents suggest was at least based on never-seen similar work by da Vinci, is now on...
  • A Da Vinci Complex? Call It a Hypothesis

    01/14/2005 8:26:14 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 985+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/15/05 | JASON HOROWITZ
    FLORENCE, Italy, Jan. 14 - Researchers at a military geography institute here say they have discovered - hiding practically in plain sight in their building - what might have been a workshop for Leonardo da Vinci. They have also homed in on fading frescoes that they think might have been painted by Leonardo or by a workshop student 500 years ago, although that hypothesis has not been put to the test by art historians or by scientific analysis. Italian museum officials are hoping that the discovery of the frescoes and five small rooms where Leonardo might have lived and worked,...
  • Hidden room where Leonardo met his Mona

    01/12/2005 12:59:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 1,304+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/01/2005
    Restorers find artists workshop in old Florence friary, writes Bruce Johnston The workshop where Leonardo da Vinci first met and may have begun painting the woman he immortalised as the Mona Lisa has been discovered in a military college. The studio and lodgings, filling five rooms on two floors and still showing traces of wall paintings bearing what one expert called "astonishing associations" with his work, have come to light in what was once part of the friary of the Santissima Annunziata in Florence and was later taken over by Italy's Military Geographical Institute. A team of restorers found the...
  • Discovery of hidden laboratory sheds light on Leonardo's genius

    01/13/2005 12:05:31 PM PST · by aculeus · 47 replies · 2,839+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 12 January 2005 | By John Phillips in Rome
    Researchers have discovered the hidden laboratory used by Leonardo da Vinci for studies of flight and other pioneering scientific work in previously sealed rooms at a monastery next to the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, in the heart of Florence. The workshop rooms, located between the Institute for Military Geography and the Basilica, contain frescos painted by Leonardo that have "impressive resemblances" to other examples of his experimental work. The frescos include a triptych of birds circling above a subsequently erased representation of the Virgin Mary that "constitutes a clear citation of the studies by the maestro on the flight...
  • New evidence suggests Cabot may have known of New World before voyage

    05/07/2012 11:58:05 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 29 April 2012 | Randy Boswell
    An Italian historian has unveiled a previously unknown document that sheds fresh light on explorer John Cabots discovery of Canada a brief entry in a 516-year-old accounting ledger that shows Cabot had financial backing from a Florence-based bank in England and, most intriguingly, may have had prior knowledge of the distant land his famous 1497 voyage would put on the world map. The Italian-born Cabot is known to have sailed from England in search of the New World three times between 1496 and 1498. He is believed to have reached Newfoundland aboard the Matthew in 1497, but Cabot disappears...
  • Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

    10/20/2014 1:46:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 1:55 AM EDT | Erika Kinetz
    The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This fire had been burning for some time. The fire station is two minutes from the Teresa Moda garment factory, on the edge of the main industrial zone of Prato, a town outside Florence. The zone was developed for Italian textile manufacturers in the 1980s but now is predominantly Chinese. [] Prato is the epicenter of a thriving, illicit Chinese economy...
  • 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 isnt 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 isnt 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
    SCNow.com ^ | 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 Florences 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,...
  • CUE VIOLINS: 'LETTER FROM ISMAIL ROYER "I AM GOING TO SUPER-MAX"'

    12/24/2009 1:16:03 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 663+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | 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
    thesmokinggun.com ^ | 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
    KVOA.com ^ | 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...