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  • ...Bizarre new pyramid ... opens in Pompeii to house volcano exhibition

    05/26/2015 7:03:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Jack Crone
    The 12-metre high pyramid allows visitors to walk along a track before entering it. It is built almost entirely out of wood with an inner dome made of fiberboard Inside, they will be find the casts of Roman citizens killed more than 1,900 years ago in 79AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted with devastating force destroying the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The plaster casts are placed in the centre, while the exhibition also features archival photographs documenting the work in the excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The photos are partly broken down into fragments and then reassembled...
  • ‘Dracula’s Tomb’ Discovered in Italy (Naples)

    06/17/2014 11:15:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 6/17/14 | Esma ÇAKIR
    Estonian researchers believe they may have finally discovered the whereabouts of “Dracula’s” grave, which is in Italy and not the Romanian Transylvanian Alps as first thought. The inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel “Dracula” is thought to be Vlad III, the 15th century Prince of Wallachia in Eastern Europe. Known posthumously as Vlad the Impaler, the ruler was known for his brand of cruelty across Europe, which included impaling his enemies. Vlad’s ultimate enemy were the Ottomans. Depictions of his endless cruelty made history books, securing his reputation as one of the biggest villains in Turkey’s collective consciousness, as...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Fla. Congressman to resign after cocaine scandal

    01/27/2014 9:13:21 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    970WFLA ^ | 1/27/14
    A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel of Florida says the congressman will resign after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year. Dave Natonski says the freshman republican will step down Monday and will send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. Politico first reported the upcoming resignation. On Nov. 20, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington. Several GOP leaders had asked him to resign. But Radel had pledged to stay in...
  • Clinton, Obama decorate Italy nativity scenes (coffee mugs down, alert!)

    12/05/2007 6:25:38 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies · 686+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2007
    NAPLES, Italy (Reuters Life!) - If you are looking for something different for your nativity scene this year, head to Italy's city of Naples where you can buy miniature replicas of U.S. presidential candidates to place next to your baby Jesus. The production of handmade nativity scene figurines is big business in Naples and has been since the eighteenth century. Thousands of angels, sheep and Marys and Josephs fill market stalls at this time of the year as shoppers choose their personal way to tell the Christmas story. Tradition requires that the nativity scene be built up over time until...
  • Italian mafia boss ‘fed alive to pigs’--- Police believe Francesco Raccosta was kidnapped......

    12/29/2013 6:21:23 AM PST · by dennisw · 47 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | By Lee Moran
    Police believe Francesco Raccosta - who disappeared from his home in Calabria back in 2012 - was kidnapped by rival mobsters and fed alive to a herd of pigs. Francesco Raccosta, who vanished without a trace from his home in Calabria in March 2012, is now believed to have been kidnapped by opposition mobsters. They then severely beat him before throwing him into a herd of pigs - who swiftly ate his body as he screamed and begged for mercy. Cops say they found out about his fate earlier this month while investigating the southern 'Ndrangheta mafia organization. Officers claim...
  • Getty Villa Examines Life and Legacy of Roman Emperor Tiberius

    10/19/2013 4:42:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, Octoer 10, 2013 | Press Release of the J. Paul Getty Museum
    Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, an over-life-size bronze portrait of Tiberius (ruled A.D. 14–37) was discovered in 1741, during the first years of excavation at Herculaneum. On loan from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, this statue is the subject of the exhibitionTiberius: Portrait of an Emperor, on view at the Getty Villa October 16, 2013 through March 3, 2014. Brought to the Getty Villa for conservation and analysis last October, the sculpture provides an opportunity to re-examine the career and character of Rome’s second emperor. The exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty...
  • Mom’s outrage after sporty 11-year-old daughter is sent home with a "fat letter"

    10/08/2013 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2013 | Ryan Gorman
    A mother has hit out at her daughter's school after the athletic teen was sent home with a letter saying she was 'overweight'. Lilly Grasso, all 5’5”, 124 pounds of her, is nowhere near overweight and is a healthy, active teenager. But Naples (FL) Middle School sent a letter to her home warning of the dangers of obesity, according to her mother Kristen Grasso. ‘Lily is tall, athletic, solid muscle -- by no means is she overweight,’ the concerned mother told WFTX before showing a refrigerator stocked with healthy foods. The letter, sent after a health screening by the Collier...
  • Camorra Hit Caught On Security Camera

    04/15/2013 6:02:50 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/15/13 | Friends of Ours
    A suspected hitman from the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia has been arrested after police obtained a security video which seemingly shows him gunning down a rival mobster last December in a cheese factory as reported by ANSA: "the 20-second security-camera footage allegedly shows Gianluca Troise pursuing a member of a rival Naples mafia clan, Luigi Felaco, bringing him down with a shot, racing after him after he gets up, and finishing him off with four shots to the head." [Video] A turf war for control over drug markets in Naples, Italy between the rival Scissionisti and Di Lauro clans has...
  • Naples gun acquittal shows disturbing trend in federal prosecutions

    03/30/2013 7:53:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 March, 2013 | David Codrea
    “Not guilty” verdicts reached yesterday in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida trial of two men accused of gun-dealing and conspiracy raise new questions about federal prosecution tactics. Homer Helter and James Kassel “were acquitted of engaging in the business of selling firearms without a license and conspiracy to engage in the business of selling firearms,” NaplesNews.com reported. Of significance was the government’s key witness, “a twice-convicted felon with a lengthy rap sheet who has earned at least $87,000 from the government over the past few years, including $7,500 for this case,” the report reveals....
  • Italian Who Met spy Litvinenko Arrested (Scaramella nabbed for poisoning)

    12/24/2006 7:08:44 AM PST · by cgk · 18 replies · 879+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 12-24-06
    24/12/2006 - 2:18:23 PM Italian who met spy Litvinenko arrested  :: latest Police today arrested an Italian security expert who met former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko the day he fell ill from poisoning. Mario Scaramella was arrested in Naples, where he landed on his way back from London, Italian news agencies reported. Rome prosecutors have been investigating Scaramella for violating secrets of his office and possible arms trafficking. Scaramella met Litvinenko at a London sushi bar on November 1, the day the former spy fell ill. On his deathbed on November 23, Litvinenko - a former KGB agent and harsh...
  • How the Mafia Is Ruining Naples's Food Scene

    12/20/2012 10:04:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | DEC 13, 2012 | CHRISTINE MACDONALD
    People around the world have embraced the local food movement as a way to support local economies, eat healthier and reduce their carbon footprint. Residents of Naples, Italy, however, are doing just the opposite. Napolitanos like Antonio Trotta read grocery store labels to avoid eating local fruit and vegetables, meat, even the region’s famed buffalo mozzarella produced in eastern Campania, outside Naples. The area north of Naples* was once an important agricultural center. But the local mafia, the Camorra, has been dumping waste from European factories and hospitals on the land for decades—an environmental problem compounded nightly when dozens of...
  • "Come Back To Sorrento"

    06/12/2012 1:19:06 PM PDT · by sussex · 3 replies
    Look at the sea of Surriento, what a treasure it is! Even who has travelled all over the world, he has never seen a sea like this one.
  • Florida Senate: Mack (R) 41%, Nelson (D) 41%

    02/16/2012 5:14:59 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 14, 2012
    Republican Congressman Connie Mack now runs dead even with incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in Florida’s 2012 U.S. Senate race. But Nelson outdistances two other potential GOP challengers, former Senator George LeMieux and businessman Mike McCalister. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Voters finds Mack and Nelson earning 41% support each. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, and 12% remain undecided at this early stage. (To see survey question wording, click here.) In Rasmussen Reports’ first survey of the Florida Senate race last November, Mack, a congressman from the Fort Myers/Naples area, posted...
  • Threesome goes wrong: East Naples man accused of attacking wife and other woman

    11/08/2011 6:10:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Naples Daily News ^ | November 7, 2011
    A sexual threesome turned violent Sunday, resulting in an East Naples man's arrest — accused of punching his wife, swinging a big-screen television at her and whipping her with a belt. Jorge Daniel Silva, 22, of the 6400 block of College Park Circle, faces a felony battery charge after Collier deputies say he became enraged before a planned threesome with his wife and another woman Sunday afternoon.
  • Clerk at Del’s 24 Hour shop shoots, kills would-be robber who grabbed child

    10/19/2011 9:26:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 114 replies
    Naples News ^ | 18 OCT 11 | By VICTORIA MACCHI
    EAST NAPLES — A clerk at a landmark East Naples corner store shot and killed a man Tuesday as he attempted to rob the family-run shop and flee with her 1-year-old daughter. The man, whose name was not released, demanded money from Elizabeth Easterly, a clerk at Del’s 24 Hour Food Store, and then grabbed a stroller that held Easterly’s baby, said Del Ackerman, the store’s owner and Easterly’s grandfather. Easterly, 22, was alone during a shift change, running the shop with her 1- and 2-year-old daughters there, Ackerman said. “I almost lost my two babies,” Ackerman said of his...
  • San Gennaro miracle recurs (St. Januarius's blood liquefies) (Catholic Caucus)

    09/19/2011 8:46:56 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    ANSA ^ | 09/19/2011 | n/a
    The Miracle of San Gennaro was repeated on Monday when the blood of Naples' patron saint liquefied at 9.30am. The event was announced to the thousands packing the city's cathedral and square outside, who cheered and let off firecrackers. A visibly moved Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples, held up a phial containing the blood of the 3rd-century saint while a traditional white handkerchief was waved. Cardinal Sepe took the opportunity to reject government plans to cancel a number of saints' days, saying: "Naples cannot be cancelled from history". Mayor Luigi de Magistris, elected in May, was among the...
  • Groundbreaking marks start of $79 million Everglades Restoration project

    02/18/2011 7:14:01 PM PST · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 7 replies
    Naples News ^ | February 18, 2011 | ERIC STAATS
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rallied Everglades restoration workers Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a piece of the massive effort in rural Collier County. The ceremony deep in the Picayune Strand State Forest between U.S. 41 and Interstate 75 marked the start of work on a $79 million pump station along the Faka Union Canal. The pump is the largest of three that are part of a plan to return natural water flows to 55,000 acres of the forest where developers once planned a huge subdivision. The restoration also will tear out 260 miles of roads and plug 48 miles...
  • Naples: The Miracle of St. Januarius Happens on Time this Year

    09/22/2010 11:36:34 PM PDT · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/23/2010 | Tancred
    Naples: Miracle of the Blood of St. Januarius Happened on Schedule Cardinal Sepe made sharp criticisms of the most recent Mafia Crimes when he preached at the St. Januarius Feastday Service. Rome (kath.net/KAP) At the time of the feast of St. Januarius, the legendary transformation of blood in Naples takes place again. Still, before the sermon of Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe during the Sunday Mass happens in the Cathedral he shows with the motion of a white drapery, the expected miracle. Finally, Sepe presented the ampules of the early Christian martyrs flowing blood to applause. A delay or the absence of...
  • Pizza in Naples 'baked using coffin wood'

    05/17/2010 10:09:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 545+ views
    AFP ^ | May 18, 2010
    Italian prosecutors believe pizza in the southern city of Naples may be baked in ovens lit with wood from coffins dug up in the local cemetery. "Pizza, one of the few symbols of Naples that endures ... is hit by the concrete suspicion that it could be baked with wood from coffins," Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale reported. Investigators in Naples are setting their sights on the thousands of small, lower-end pizza shops and bakeries that dot the city on suspicion that the owners may "use wood from caskets to keep ovens burning." Naples' graveyard has long been hunting ground...
  • Ancient Roam [ s/b "Ancient Rome" and c/b "Ancient Roman Statue Used as Garden Gnome"]

    01/18/2010 11:54:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Croatian Times ^ | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Austrian Times
    A priceless ancient Roman statue has been discovered being used to decorate a flower bed in a housing estate. The headless sculpture of an emperor is believed to have been stolen some time in the 1930s and then used during the construction of a posh private square in Naples, Italy. It is thought to date back to the 2nd century BC and may once have stood in the grand gardens of a local palace. Police have now restored the statue to the city's archaeological museum after a race against time to beat the Mafia to the treasure. "We knew...
  • VIDEO: 10 North Naples Middle students suspended for taking part in “kick a Jew day”

    11/26/2009 9:19:16 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 981+ views
    NaplesNews ^ | 11/23/09 | Katherine Albers
    NAPLES — Ten North Naples Middle School students were suspended last week after district officials said they participated in “kick a Jew day.” District Spokesman Joe Landon said a student told the dean of students at dismissal on Thursday that she was kicked because it was “kick a Jew day.” The following morning Principal Margaret Jackson addressed the entire student body on the morning news regarding the incident, reviewing the code of student conduct, explaining why what happened was wrong, the need to respect one another and possible consequences, Landon said. Jackson asked that anyone with information on the incident...
  • In Naples' mob, there's no glass ceiling

    10/25/2009 12:14:44 AM PDT · by Saije · 4 replies · 690+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/25/2009 | Maria De Cristofaro
    Reporting from Naples, Italy - In most respects, it was a typical mob shootout: members of feuding clans facing down their rivals on the main street of the small town of Lauro, exchanging gunfire from their cars until three people lay dead and four others wounded. The difference, though, was that the battle between the Cava and Graziano families involved women only. As townspeople looked on in horror, two mothers in their 50s and a 16-year-old girl were slain in their Audi on the streets of the Naples-area community. Yet even after the deadly 2002 firefight, prosecutors were slow to...
  • Godmothers rise among Naples crime syndicate (The Camorra)

    08/23/2009 12:56:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 593+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/09 | Frances D'Emilio - ap
    NAPLES, Italy – They go by such nicknames as "Fat Cat" and "Tomboy." Their simmering power struggles once drove them into the streets, guns blazing. They rule their crime families with steely determination, and also raise the kids and stir the pasta. Move over, Don Corleone. Godmothers are rising in the ranks of the Camorra, the Naples' area crime syndicate. Women have long played a strong role in Camorra crime families, muscling, sometimes murdering, their way to the top. Their influence stretches back as far as the 1950s when a pregnant former beauty queen dubbed "pupetta" (little doll) shot dead...
  • Clunker conundrum: Dealer forcing 76-year-old Naples woman to return her new car

    08/04/2009 5:55:16 AM PDT · by lucias_clay · 70 replies · 2,932+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | 8/3/2009 | Jeff Wiener
    NAPLES — Until recently Bobbie French drove a 2002 Chrysler Voyager. Then came the Cash for Clunkers program. French jumped at the opportunity to trade in her clunker for a brand new, more fuel-efficient ride. French made the trade and drove home in a brand new vehicle. For most people, that’s where the story ends. For French, it was just the beginning. Now, the dealership is demanding that she return her new car, or pay $4,500 that the government won’t reimburse.
  • Mexican cartels unloading drugs to Italian mafia

    04/22/2009 9:27:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 391+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | April 20, 2009 | JASON TRAHAN
    Mexican drug traffickers are funneling cocaine to Italian organized crime, and some shipments are moving through Dallas. "We've got some of the major cartel members established here dealing their wares in Europe," said James Capra, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas office. .... Across the Atlantic, demand for cocaine is high and prices are up. A kilo sold for $20,000 in Dallas is worth up to three times as much overseas, experts say. Mexican cartel operatives in North Texas "are dealing with Italy, Spain, you name it," he said. "They can operate their logistical center from here and coordinate...
  • Naples Florida Tea Part Photos

    04/15/2009 1:02:06 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 9 replies · 1,081+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | April 15, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The Naples Florida tea party was an outstanding success thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. It was held at noon at the busy intersection of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and Pine
  • 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...
  • Trick-or-treating confrontation lands one person in the hospital, another in jail

    11/02/2008 10:51:51 PM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 6 replies · 1,006+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | November 1, 2008 | Staff
    NAPLES — A group of children and parents were trick or treating when witnesses say a black Hyundai drove through the crowd, nearly striking one of the children. One of the parents yelled at the driver to slow down. The driver stopped her car and exited the vehicle holding a three-foot long crow bar. Witnesses say the suspect began swinging the crow bar at the group violently. The suspect struck a parent on the forehead with the crow bar and then drove away quickly. Witnesses were able to jot down the license plate number. The suspect and her vehicle were...
  • San Gennaro Miracle Recurs (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    09/19/2008 10:13:28 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 446+ views
    Ansa.it | 9/19/2008 | n/a
    (ANSA) - Naples, September 19 - The Miracle of San Gennaro was repeated on Wednesday when the blood of this city's patron saint liquefied at 9.30am. The event was announced to the thousands packing the cathedral and square outside, who cheered and let off firecrackers. A visibly moved Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples, held up a phial containing the blood of the 3rd-century saint while a traditional white handkerchief was waved. Cardinal Sepe said that, unusually, the blood was already in liquid form when it was taken out of the strongbox where it is stored. But the liquefaction...
  • Beyond Pompeii: Places swallowed by Vesuvius

    09/02/2008 9:49:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 178+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sunday, August 31, 2008 | Edward Sozanski
    Over several centuries, millions of tourists have visited Pompeii to acquaint themselves with the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that began on Aug. 24, 79 A.D. But while it's the most famous eruption site, the ancient Roman city 15 miles south of Naples isn't the best place to gauge the volcano's awesome destructive power. For that, one should visit lesser-known Herculaneum, which is closer to Vesuvius, or Oplontis and Stabiae, two sites more recently uncovered and still relatively unknown to tourists. In these places, several of which are still being excavated, the eruption's consequences are more visible.
  • Ritz-Carlton Settles Lawsuit with Rush Guitarist Lifeson and Son (Justice Served)

    08/23/2008 6:27:49 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 10 replies · 951+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | 8-23-08 | AISLING SWIFT
    Ritz-Carlton settles lawsuit with Rush guitarist and son The lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge last week after attorneys for the hotel and Justin Zivojinovich agreed to a confidential settlement By AISLING SWIFT Naples Daily News Justin Zivojinovich Daily News file photo Rush guitarist Alex Zivojinovich, whose stage name is Alex Lifeson, speaks to the media after being released from the Collier County jail in January 2004. Zivojinovich’s shirt is covered with his blood from what he said was a broken nose he suffered during his arrest New Year’s Eve at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. On the left is longtime...
  • Police arrest man accused of taking 42 cents from mall fountain

    07/23/2008 12:22:40 AM PDT · by rawhide · 12 replies · 706+ views
    Naple News ^ | 7-22-08 | Ryan mills
    With sky-high gas prices, 42 cents won’t get you very far nowadays. However, it will get you a trip to jail. A 43-year-old Bonita Springs man was arrested Monday morning after Naples police say he stole 42 cents from a mall fountain. Laslo Mujzer, 43, 26801 Silverado East Drive, was charged with petty theft under $100, a misdemeanor. Around 11:15 a.m. Monday, a customer at the Coastland Center mall approached a mall security guard, and told her that a man was stealing money from a fountain outside, police reported. The security guard, Heather Watson, found the man, later identified as...
  • Italy sends soldiers to its cities to fight crime

    06/13/2008 2:22:58 PM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies · 103+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2008 | Unknown
    ROME — Italy's defense chief says 2,500 soldiers will be deployed to some Italian cities to help fight crime. Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said Friday the soldiers will back up police. After six months, the deployment will be evaluated. Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government is waging a security crackdown to improve safety. Some soldiers will go to Naples, where they will guard plants processing mountains of garbage. Neapolitans have taken to burning garbage in the streets to protest uncollected trash. It is not clear which other cities will receive soldiers.
  • Mafia kill informant as Naples protests over trash

    06/01/2008 2:08:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 94+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/08 | Robin Pomeroy
    NAPLES (Reuters) - An Italian businessman who was helping police break organized crime gangs that operate waste disposal rackets in Naples was gunned down on Sunday in an apparent mafia hit, police said. The latest killing in the southern Italian city, which in recent months has become as famous for its piles of trash as for its reputation for crime, came on a day that thousands of people attended a rally against plans to open new rubbish dumps. Police said Michele Orsi, a businessman with mafia links who had turned informant, was shot three times near his home by assailants...
  • Silvio Berlusconi Declares Naples Street Rubbish Dumps 'Military No-Go Zones'

    05/22/2008 7:53:13 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 87+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-21-2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Silvio Berlusconi declares Naples street rubbish dumps 'military no-go zones' By Malcolm Moore in Naples Last Updated: 10:30PM BST 21/05/2008 Silvio Berlusconi promised to wash Italy clean of fear and use "absolute firmness" against any dissent. The 71-year-old prime minister held the first meeting of his new cabinet in rubbish-strewn Naples in order to resolve the city's perennial problems of crime and unemployment. At the end of the five-hour meeting, Mr Berlusconi promised to govern the city and the country with an iron fist. "We have painful tasks ahead, but we will act with unswerving determination," he said. He reclassified...
  • Thousands welcome Ave Maria oratory into Roman Catholic Church

    04/01/2008 1:05:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 792+ views
    Naples News ^ | March 31, 2008 | LIAM DILLON
    What was once just a tomato field is now holy land. What was once just a building is now a sacred place. Ave Maria and the Roman Catholic Church joined Monday in a 1,500-year-old ceremony that dedicated the town’s 100-foot, $24 million landmark as a church and made official the link between the new community and its inspiration. Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane led a two-hour service in front of 1,100 worshipers inside the church, known as the Ave Maria Oratory, and about 1,000 others watching the celebration on closed circuit television nearby. The service functioned like the building’s...
  • Tweety, Donald Duck summoned to court (to testify in a counterfeiting case in Naples, Italy)

    12/04/2007 2:05:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 75+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/07 | Ariel David - ap
    ROME - Tweety may get a chance to take the witness stand and sing like a canary. An Italian court ordered the animated bird, along with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and his girlfriend Daisy, to testify in a counterfeiting case. In what lawyers believe was a clerical error worthy of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a court in Naples sent a summons to the characters ordering them to appear Friday in a trial in the southern Italian city, officials said. The court summons cites Titti, Paperino, Paperina, Topolino — the Italian names for the characters — as damaged parties in the...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Nov. 11-17, 2007: Volcano in the Campground (Pozzuoli/Solfatara)

    11/13/2007 3:31:53 PM PST · by cogitator · 5 replies · 111+ views
    How to get there: What it looks like from space: Showing where the campground is (click for full-size): and up close:
  • Naples hails annual miracle of liquefying blood (San Gennaro)

    09/19/2007 6:13:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 247+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 19, 2007
    NAPLES, Italy (Reuters Life!) - Roman Catholics in Naples crowded the city's cathedral on Wednesday to witness the annual miracle of Saint Gennaro, who died in the 4th century but whose dried blood is said to turn liquid on his feast day. In a ritual first recorded in 1389 -- more than 1,000 years after the martyrdom of Gennaro, also known in English as Saint Januarius -- a church official waved a white handkerchief to the crowds to signal that the dried blood had liquefied on schedule when brought close to relics which are said to be his body. Cardinal...
  • Ground Rises Near Ancient Italian Volcano

    02/25/2007 1:47:41 PM PST · by Strategerist · 30 replies · 1,098+ views
    LiveScience ^ | February 23, 2007 | Andrea Thompson
    The ground on the western edges of Naples, Italy is rising, spurring worries of a possible volcanic eruption, but scientists now think they know exactly what is causing the uplift and may be able to better predict any potential eruption. Using GPS measurements, a group of scientists at the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology in Italy monitored the ground’s motions for several years, and based on the patterns they observed, they believe the uplifting is caused by magma intruding from a shallow chamber. The rising motions of the ground reached a peak rate of about three feet per year...
  • San Gennaro (St. Januarius): New Miracle

    09/19/2006 7:41:06 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 34 replies · 937+ views
    SAN GENNARO: NEW MIRACLE(AGI) - Naples, Sept. 19 - The miracle of San Gennaro's blood that liquefies happened again in the cathedral of Naples during the feast of the Patron Saint, which is the anniversary of the martyrdom which took place in 305 A.C. at the Pozzuoli solfatara. It was announced by the archbishop, cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, who is going to celebrate for the first time on this occasion, after the reading of the Gospel. At 9.20 the archbishop said: 'I would like to announce that a few minutes ago the blood started to melt.' The announcement was welcomed by...
  • Naples says sorry to US tourist

    08/10/2006 2:45:03 PM PDT · by Republicain · 62 replies · 1,707+ views
    BBC News ^ | 08/10/2006
    The mayor of Naples has apologised to a US tourist who was beaten up by local residents shortly after he was mugged. The tourist, Matthew Godfrey, 25, from Utah, was attacked, after trying to pursue two men who stole his camera and fled on a scooter. Instead of helping him, a group of bystanders punched and kicked him, allowing the muggers to escape. The mayor, Rosa Russo Jervolino, said the action of the locals in protecting the muggers tarnished the city's name. The police took Mr Godfrey to hospital where he was treated and released and subsequently left Naples. The...
  • U.S. Tourist Beaten by Naples Residents

    08/09/2006 7:09:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,439+ views
    AP ^ | 8/9/6
    An American tourist was beaten by an angry mob in the streets of Naples after he chased down two men who had just stolen his camera, police said Wednesday. The tourist, identified by Italian police as 25-year-old Matthew Thomas Godfrey of Utah, was taking pictures of a church in central Naples Monday night, when two men snatched his camera and fled on a scooter. The American chased the thieves into a narrow alley when a group of local residents attacked him with punches and kicks, allowing the muggers to escape, Naples police said in a statement.
  • Utah tourist beaten by Italians for chasing mugger

    08/09/2006 10:33:44 AM PDT · by GeronL · 51 replies · 2,129+ views
    ROME — If you get mugged in Naples, don't fight back. An American tourist was beaten by an angry mob in the streets of the southern Italian city after he chased down two men who had just stolen his camera, police said Wednesday. [snip] The American chased the thieves into a narrow alley when a group of local residents attacked him with punches and kicks, allowing the muggers to escape, Naples police said in a statement. [snip]
  • VATICAN APPOINTMENT - Msgr. Frank J. Dewane as coadjutor of Venice (FL)

    04/26/2006 9:57:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 761+ views
    Vatican ^ | April 25, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, APR 25, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed: - Bishop Casimiro Lopez Llorente of Zamora, Spain, as bishop of Segorbe- Castellon de la Plana (area 4,380, population 449,043, Catholics 419,701, priests 282, permanent deacons 4, religious 513), Spain. - Msgr. Frank J. Dewane of the clergy of the diocese of Green Bay, U.S.A., under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as coadjutor of Venice (area 22,685, population 1,766,651, Catholics 218,173, priests 239, permanent deacons 75, religious 202), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Green Bay in 1950 and ordained a priest in 1988. * *...
  • Indianola Hurricane Of 1886 (Vanity)

    03/18/2006 12:42:00 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 3 replies · 486+ views
    If thought Hurricane Katrina could destroy the city of New Orleans or the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 did to Galveston. There was another strong hurricane that hit Texas in 1886. This hurricane hit the town of Indianola, which is located on the Gulf Coast. It was a thriving port town, second to Galveston. Indianola was established in 1846 in Calhoun County. It was hit by a hurricane on September 15, 1875, which claimed hundreds of lives. However, it quickly rebuilt, but on a smaller scale. Sometimes in early August, a cluster of thunderstorms moved off the coast of Africa...
  • ITALY: ALGERIAN SUSPECTS ALLEGEDLY PLANNED TO KILL 10,000

    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...
  • Plans to 'top' 9/11 strikes (Algerians in Italy planned multiple U.S. strikes)

    12/23/2005 11:26:15 AM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,038+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | December 22, 2005
    Plans to 'top' 9/11 strikes 23/12/2005 20:13  - (SA)   Related Articles Pullout 'will lead to attacks' US at risk for more attacks US had 'bomber' in their hands Why is Osama so quiet?    Rome - Three Algerians arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in southern Italy are suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks in the United States, interior minister Giuseppe Pisanu said Friday. The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11 2001 strikes by al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed about 2 700 people, Pisanu...
  • Members of Rock Band Rush Seeking Millions Over New Year's Scuffle

    11/11/2005 10:32:27 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies · 3,134+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | 11-11-05 | JOHN HENDERSON
    Band members seeking millions over New Year's scuffle By JOHN HENDERSON, Daily News staff November 11, 2005 Members of the internationally known rock group Rush are seeking "tens of millions of dollars" in federal court from Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies and the Naples hotel where their lead guitarist was involved in a New Year's Eve scuffle. In an amended complaint recently filed to a civil lawsuit, Alex Zivojinovich's fellow band members could now become plaintiffs in the case, and end up testifying locally in depositions or at trial. Filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, the amended complaint...
  • In Italy, Al Qaeda Turns to Organized Crime for Protection

    10/22/2005 9:47:32 AM PDT · by Hunden · 5 replies · 442+ views
    New America Media News Analysis ^ | 21 October 2005 | Paolo Pontoniere
    Italian media report that Al Qaeda is moving operatives through Italy on their way to North Africa and Europe with the help of [the] Naples-based Camorra. Italian investigators say Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization is moving deep into the Mediterranean peninsula's underworld of organized crime. Italian media recently revealed that hundreds of Al Qaeda operatives coming from North Africa are being sent to Northern Europe though a maze of safe houses belonging to the Neapolitan Camorra, a Naples-based criminal network akin to the Mafia. The internationally connected Camorra organization specializes in drug trafficking, prostitution, gambling and human and arms trafficking. Historically, the...